Are there any indicators that 1st laying is going to begin?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by happymom99, Jun 4, 2011.

  1. happymom99

    happymom99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello. We got our first chickens last week and their ages vary from 13-17 weeks old. They are:
    17 weeks - Black Austrolorp
    15 weeks - Blue Andalusian
    Welsummer
    Silver Laced Wyandotte
    13 weeks - Gold Laced Cochin
    Salmon Faverolle
    Easter Egger

    Is there anything they start doing or looking like or sounding like that is an indicator that they are going to start laying? I am wondering if the Austrolorp is maybe going to start laying soon.

    Thank you! [​IMG]

    Excitedly,
    CJ
     
  2. flowergirl60

    flowergirl60 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 13, 2011
    Austin Tx
    If you reach down to pet them and they squat then they are about to lay. My hen did that and in about 1week later she laid her first egg.[​IMG]
     
  3. happymom99

    happymom99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:If only they'd let me pet them. I just got them on Monday and they come from a farm with a lot of chickens and I think they interacted more with other chickens than with people. They seem to be getting more comfortable with us though so maybe they will be "pettable" soon. [​IMG] We're bribing them with treats.
     
  4. happymom99

    happymom99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Like I said, I can't pet mine but this morning the Austrolorp squatted when I walked into the run. [​IMG]
     
  5. fshinggrl

    fshinggrl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:That is a good sign. Another one is red in their combs & wattles. Hearing the egg song will be a welcome noise! [​IMG] Sounds like you'll be getting some eggs soon!
     
  6. happymom99

    happymom99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:That is a good sign. Another one is red in their combs & wattles. Hearing the egg song will be a welcome noise! [​IMG] Sounds like you'll be getting some eggs soon!

    Her comb and her wattles are bright red! So exciting. [​IMG]
     
  7. aggie9296

    aggie9296 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep, sounds like its about time for some eggs.

    You won't believe how crazy excited you will be when you get that first one. Your family and friends will think you are insane when you text them and update your facebook page about your first egg.
     
  8. 3chimama

    3chimama Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 8, 2010
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    My hens all had very red combs and they were squatting a lot. Sounds like yours is getting ready! Congrats!
     
  9. akcharlie1960

    akcharlie1960 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Congrats. Getting your first egg is almost as cool as having your first child. And every egg after that is like a Christmas present. Your non-chicken friends will get tired of hearing about it but I think all of us here will be as happy as you will be every time. Don't forget to thank your girls and don't feel too bad when you make your first "pocket omelet"
     
  10. epeloquin

    epeloquin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, from what I've read one of the best signs that eggs are a comin' is their comb and wattles go bright red.

    My girls are six weeks old and I can't wait
     

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