"Early" Cackling--does it mean anything? Just for fun?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Chookmitten, Sep 9, 2008.

  1. Chookmitten

    Chookmitten Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 8, 2008
    King County, Wa
    I kept chickens a few years ago, moved around, and just got a new batch this spring now that I am settled. My EE and Orp are 19 weeks, I have two Silkies that are 17 weeks, and my two buttercups are 14 weeks old.

    This morning they had a huge cackle party that went on for at least five minutes that sounded just like my old chickens used to when they were laying. It was led by one of my Silkies and the buttercups joined in, and they are the youngest.

    Does this mean anything? Is early cackling normal for others? I looked around for an egg, though it is early, and they are not squatting and the EE and Orp are not even bright red yet.

    Last edited: Sep 9, 2008
  2. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

    Sep 6, 2007
    spring hill, florida
    I think they're just practicing. My silkie roos join in, but my silkie doesn't. Go figure
  3. DDRanch

    DDRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 15, 2008
    Sometimes, my whole flock seems to want to lay at the same time and then the noise begins. On occasion, I have rushed up to the coop, thinking something had gotten in and was killing them, only to find that they all wanted the same nesting box and were having a verbal battle over it.

    I don't know if early cackling signifies the beginning of egg laying, but I do know my girls are always quite proud and quite verbal after they lay too.


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