Do hens practice before they start laying?

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  1. wendymichele

    wendymichele New Egg

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    Hello all,
    My question is this, my girls are 5 months old. All of a sudden they are spending a lot of time in the nesting boxes, but haven't laid any eggs. Could it be a hormone thing? I was very excited yesterday thinking I was getting my first egg and nothing. Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Ya, pullets often will go in and out of nest boxes and rearrange them obsessively in the weeks before they start to lay. Hope those first eggs show up soon!
     
  3. ChickyChickens

    ChickyChickens Chickening Around

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    Welcome to BYC!!! There are loads of members on here…so if you have ANY questions…just ASK!!!

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  4. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Yes pullets almost always practice laying eggs a few weeks before they start laying. It sure is torture isn't it!?
    If they faces are red and they are squatting then they should start laying any day!![​IMG]
     
  5. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    Hi :welcome
    Glad you could join the flock! Mine too practiced before laying any eggs! Hope you have some lovely eggs soon and that you don't have to wait too long. Be sure to ask all the questions you need to and hope you enjoy BYC :frow
     
  6. rockinpaints

    rockinpaints Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Cheers from Ohio! [​IMG]Glad you could join us! [​IMG]
    Yes that is normal, but could mean eggies soon [​IMG]
     
  7. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you.

    Yes, pullets will often check out nesting boxes a couple of weeks before they actually begin laying.
     
  8. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    Yes, it is common for young pullets to explore nest boxes as they get closer to laying.
     
  9. wendymichele

    wendymichele New Egg

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    Whew. Thank you all for the responses. I was afraid they might be egg bound. Sorry if that sounds dumb, these are my first egg birds.[​IMG]
     
  10. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to our flock. You should be getting your first eggs before too much longer. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. What kind of pullets do you have?
     

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