do non-laying hens sing the "egg song" at all?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by technodoll, Oct 19, 2009.

  1. technodoll

    technodoll Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I could have sworn I saw a thread on this somewhere but I can't find it, so apologies for the repetitive question...

    Yesterday afternoon I saw my little 7-month old silkie pullet sing the egg song at the top of her lungs, she just stopped her free-ranging and just belted it out for about 3 minutes.

    Does this mean she is laying??

    We only get eggs in the morning and most are quite large, however the past week I've gotten a small beige egg in the lot...

    I thought silkies lay white eggs?

    Input appreciated, thanks!! [​IMG]
     
  2. Brunty_Farms

    Brunty_Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I thought they lay white eggs too, but you may get one that lays an off color. It's common in other breeds as well.

    However for your question, hens do the cackling noise sometimes when there is danger such as a hawk or something they do not like. They make the "song" when they lay an egg/pre laying/post laying and when they are nervous.
     
  3. technodoll

    technodoll Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They make the "song" when they lay an egg/pre laying/post laying and when they are nervous.

    If it was a post-laying song, she sang a good six hours later! Is this possible or common?

    She didn't seem nervous at all... going in and out of the run to free-range, ambling along with her buddies... so weird.​
     
  4. momreda

    momreda Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Barred Rock is laying and does not sing the song. She instead has a low like purr noise she makes right before she drops her egg.
     
  5. technodoll

    technodoll Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm still not clear on the consensus...

    Do non-laying hens still do the famous egg song?

    I wish I knew if this little silkie was laying or not! [​IMG]
     
  6. momreda

    momreda Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I am sorry I wish I could have been some help. The only way I knew mine was ready was because her comb, face and wattles turned very red (like everyone told me they would). If your girl has the red (and its really red) then she probably is laying somewhere. I never got a song from mine.
     
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  7. technodoll

    technodoll Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As silkies don't have red wattles or combs (they're blue!), it's hard to tell [​IMG]

    I guess it's one of those mysteries in life then, LOL!
     
  8. momreda

    momreda Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote::

    Well I learned something new today, I had no idea, hmmm maybe they turn bright blue:idunno
     
  9. nursecat9

    nursecat9 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My pullets just started laying 5 days ago. I've only had 3 lay...when they came outside they started singing like crazy and everybody joined in.....so yes, they'll sing the song without laying. [​IMG]
     
  10. 007Dawn

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    I would think they can and will...my Rooster sometimes cackles as if in song and he doesn't lay anything.
     

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