Do pullets 'practice' laying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by rubycal, Oct 13, 2012.

  1. rubycal

    rubycal Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 16, 2012
    This may seem like a silly question, but I'm new to all this. I have an ee that I'm pretty sure is a pullet, probably about 3 months old. Last night I introduced 6 rir hens that are just over I year. I also have two other hens. Everyone is getting along ok, and the rir hens were eager to lay, giving me 3 eggs this am (another one is sitting in the box). My ee went into a box and sat for awhile and then stood up and made motions like she was going to lay, and sat down again for awhile. After about 1/2 hour she left. She is young to lay, (if I have her age right) so do they practice, or is she copying the new girls?
  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Both. Flock dynamics lend themselves to a "monkey see, monkey do". Sounds like she wants to join the laying sorority.
  3. Yup, both. She testing out the nest boxes for when shes ready (kinda how a rooster will go into them and coo until a hen comes, hes trying to get them to check it out and lay, ya know, so his offspring are passed on, LOL ) and with all the other hens there, she has to the 'monkey see monkey do' thing.
  4. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    I agree with the other posts. They will do that. Sometimes they start sleeping in the nest boxes then you might get poopy eggs when others lay eggs in it.

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