Egg laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Equidna, Dec 27, 2014.

  1. Equidna

    Equidna New Egg

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    I have a black Australorp that's supposed to be 14 weeks old that is practicing her call for when she lays an egg. Does this mean she is going to be laying soon or is she just being a show off?
     
  2. Outpost JWB

    Outpost JWB Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think she is just imitating her peers. 14 weeks is too young for beginning laying. Some signs to watch for: Is her comb & waddle a bright red color? Is she squatting when you try to touch her back? Is she visiting the nest box to get comfortable with it?

    I'd give her another 10 weeks or so before watching for eggs from her. Good luck[​IMG]
     
  3. Equidna

    Equidna New Egg

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    Thank you Outpost JWB for your advice she can't be copying the others because they're all around the same age and aren't calling but Adelaide's (the chicken I'm talking about) comb and waddle are rather red. (She's the one in the front of the picture) [​IMG]
     
  4. Outpost JWB

    Outpost JWB Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She still looks too young to me. I have a rooster that has sang the egg song......he is not laying obviously. He just thinks he is cute I guess. [​IMG] Hens generally start laying 16-24 weeks of age. So, now is the time to make sure everything is ready. Nest boxes in place, bedding material in nest boxes, etc. Maybe a fake egg or golf ball in the nest box. Good luck with your hen.
     
  5. krista74

    krista74 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Excellent advice, and I fully agree with you @Outpost JWB.

    Whilst I can see that the hen in question is developing nicely, she does not yet look close to laying. I, too, think she will be another 8 to 10 weeks before she starts laying. Sorry @Equidna - I know the wait is hard and that is not what you want t hear!

    JWB - Regarding your rooster singing the Egg Song - mine does too. He sings it after EVERY hen lays her egg - just gets all wrapped up in the moment I suppose, and decides to join in!

    - Krista
     
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  6. Equidna

    Equidna New Egg

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    Thank you so much for your advice[​IMG]
     
  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    'Egg song' and alarm call are very similar to most folks hearing.
     

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