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BO Laying and BR Cackling - Any Insights?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by smalldog, Oct 4, 2007.

  1. smalldog

    smalldog In the Brooder

    May 17, 2007
    Orlando, FL
    Hello to All. This is only my second post to the site and I want to thank everyone for all of the terrific information, inspiration and advice that is offered on BYC by its members! I look to the site almost daily now as a new chicken mother. I am hoping for any insight you can offer on some behavior that is occuring this week in light of the delivery of my first EGG! Yeah!

    My BO (Scarlett) and BR (Gertie) are approx 20 wks old each. Gertie looks more mature and displays more of the signs of sexual maturity than does Scarlett -- she squats when you approach her, her wattles and comb are a deep red, she is larger and her hips are wider, she's heavier, etc. I would have sworn she would lay first. It appears, however, that Scarlett, has given the first egg. Scarlett's comb and wattles are not a deep red yet & are not as large, she does not squat yet when approached, is not as verbal as Gertie, not as large overall, etc. BUT...if I had to bet, I think it's Scarlett who laid her first egg on Tuesday (I cannot tell you the excitement!) and each day since.

    Yet Gertie has found her BIG GIRL cackle voice (had never heard it before yesterday). She stood at the entrance to the coop nest box area cackling away like an announcer that an egg was coming. It was so loud and lasted so long. I froze, the dogs froze. We all stood there and stared. It was hilarious. I had no idea so much sound could come from Gertie! I thought the hen who lays the egg does the cackling?

    Looking at the egg though, and watching Gertie, it seems that it is Scarlett that is doing the laying. I can't say for sure yet. I have read many members describe their BRs eggs as being longer and narrower than their RIR and BO eggs so that makes me think even more that the three egg "gifts" I have been given thus far are from Scarlett. So, is it a normal occurance that the hen who lives with a hen who has just started laying begins to cackle, even though the cackler has not started laying herself?

    Any thoughts you can share about your own experiences or chicken behaviors would be appreciated. Thanking you all in advance for the many posts you have contributed. they have helped me a lot.
  2. Queen of the Lilliputians

    Queen of the Lilliputians Songster

    Apr 5, 2007
    Not much I can tell you re: eggs, since I'm still waiting. But I can tell you that my BR girls tend to be a VERY vocal bunch. They talk to tell me hello, to say goodbye, to ask where their treats are, to tell each other about the treats, to complain when I'm trying to catch them, to complain that I've now put them down.. etc etc. Anything I say like, "Hi girls!" will set those 4 off.

    Not sure how it is with the BOs, but maybe they are just generally a quieter breed?
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member 11 Years

    I have several hens who announce when someone lays or even if someone GETS on a nest, they do it. They're just tattletales.
  4. nccatnip

    nccatnip Songster

    Aug 5, 2007
    Piedmont area NC
    All I can tell you about my experiences is about the time I think I have it figured out, those chickens do something else. The best advice I can give you is to just enjoy them, and know you can get tons of knowledge, encouragement, support and entertainment from this forum.
    And oh yeah, Speckledhen is the bomb!!!!!
  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member 11 Years

    Uh, thanks? That was out of nowhere, LOL. [​IMG]
    I have several breeds and out of each breed, there seems to be one that is a loudmouth. The Buff Orps, in general, do seem quieter, but not always.
  6. smalldog

    smalldog In the Brooder

    May 17, 2007
    Orlando, FL
    Once again I was LOL to a post I was reading when I read Queen of the Lilliputian's response to my post! It was so funny! That sounds just like my house. They do tell you what they want, don't they!? Good to hear from all of you. I do find that my BR is much more vocal than my BO. Gertie did not do any loud announcing this morning (maybe it has something to do with our lousy weather today) but sure enough I had my fourth egg this morning. Whoever is doing it prefers to lay around 10 AM and in the same spot in the same egg box. I think I'm just experiencing some wonderful chicken behaviors and learning a lot now that the girls are entering this new stage in their lives. I will keep an eye out for those longer eggs - that is my clue that Gertie is laying - which I think will be any day now. Thank you all![​IMG] Oh, and I'm going to get a pumpkin this week for the girls so they can feast on that!

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