Can hens predict the weather?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ajacskr, Jan 21, 2011.

  1. ajacskr

    ajacskr Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 29, 2010
    Talbott, TN
    I have noticed that a couple of days before a cold snap or a snow (way too many of them this year), my girls seem to hold their eggs.
    I have somewhere around 150 chickes (ages from 4 weeks to Scruffy, we have no ideal how old she is, but we keep her because she is very good at taking one day olds that some of the others reject.) The girls get added light every day.

    On the average we get about 30 eggs a day. But occasionally when we go to the hen house all we get is 8 to ten eggs. A couple of days afterwards here come the snow or cold. Most of the time it is snow. Even in the cold usually get our normal egg count. [​IMG]

    The low count before the snow has happened at least 4 times now. At least that is when we started noticing a pattern. [​IMG]

    I was just wondering if anyone else has girls that can predict the weather. [​IMG]
  2. Baymule

    Baymule Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2010
    Northeast Texas
    No snow here, so don't know about that. But my hens beat the weatherman................if they are wet, it is raining, if they are dry, it isn't raining. [​IMG]
  3. ajacskr

    ajacskr Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 29, 2010
    Talbott, TN

    Maybe the TV stations should hire chickens to do the weather. After all they work for scratch. Or so I have heard, mine get alot more than just scratch. [​IMG]
  4. msdoolittle

    msdoolittle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2009
    I wonder if the low pressure from the storm affects the egg production. Hmm. I'll have to take note next time we get a storm. We don't usually get snow, so I can't report on that!
  5. SouthernAlberta

    SouthernAlberta Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 30, 2012
    Canada - Garden Zone 3
    This morning my girls are very agitated. Nothing has changed in their coop or run, however the weather prediction is for a 30% chance of a thunderstorm later today. I wonder if the girls know that the nasty weather is a sure thing.
  6. K8tieCat

    K8tieCat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 15, 2007
    Northern California
    Very interesting now that you mention it. My eggs went down two days ago by 30% and it is supposed to rain today. Might be something to it.
  7. kingsfarm

    kingsfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2011
    Its very hot in Louisiana and egg production has surely gone down ...

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