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Egg song but no eggs - what gives?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by 2dogs1cat, Jul 31, 2010.

  1. 2dogs1cat

    2dogs1cat Songster

    Mar 8, 2010
    Forest Grove, OR
    My SS laid her first egg on Thursday and nothing since. She sings rather loudly each evening but no more eggs. For all the commotion you think that something had happened. Is she just a boastful hen?

    My EE laid her first egg on Thursday too but no song. Normal for the breed or is she an oddity? When she sneezes she chirps so she's not like the rest.

    This is so confusing.
  2. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Songster

    Oct 16, 2009
    Are you sure that your hens aren't laying somewhere other than the coop? (Under a bush, behind a fence etc.)I have found piles of rotting eggs after chasing down the 'egg song' to long grass before now. Also hens who have just come into lay sometimes sing the egg song even when they haven't laid!

    Oh, and don't worry, not all hens of any type sing the 'egg song'.

    If a hen sings the 'egg song', then often others, including the boys, join in and you have them echoing each other for 5 or 10 minutes.

    Well, I should think that I have thoroughly confused you, just like my chickens seem to do with me,

    Good Luck,

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  3. joletabey

    joletabey SDWD!!!!

    Apr 9, 2009
    western NC
    Sometimes it takes them a while to get started. I have two BBS Orp pullets, one of whom sings for the other, one who just clucks and grumbles. The grumbler started laying 10 days before the singer, and has laid almost every day. The singer laid one egg about 5 days ago, and one yesterday- they are different in shape and color, so I can tell. Your birds are just getting their act together.
  4. geebs

    geebs Lovin' the Lowriders!

    Sep 28, 2008
    egg eating?
  5. Bridget399

    Bridget399 Songster

    Apr 8, 2009
    South Western PA
    I don't normally get any eggs in the evening. Maybe she' s singing the other to sleep?! When my Golden Comet made her egg song last summer, I rushed over to watch her lay a "balloon egg", it burst as soon as it hit the ground. If I had not been out there to see that, I would have never known she had started. I got them Oyster Shell, and got better eggs in no time.
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2010
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  6. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Free Ranging Staff Member Premium Member 9 Years

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    The egg song doesn't always come with an egg. The can sing before, during and after eggs are laid. Once you hear the egg song though, you know you are really close to getting eggs.
  7. featherz

    featherz Veggie Chick 8 Years

    Mar 22, 2010
    Saratoga County, NY
    I have two RIR that are too young to be actually laying eggs (13 weeks) but both are reddening up , growing a comb and singing what appears to be eggsong every other day or so (several minutes of cluck cluck cluck BAWK!). When do you think I should start the oyster shell? (they are all on flock raiser). The other two RIR's are running behind and my leghorns appear to be WAY behind - all yellow still. [​IMG] Will oyster shell hurt the other 13 weekers if a few of their sisters start first?

    (not expecting any eggs soon, but I guess it COULD happen... )
  8. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Free Ranging Staff Member Premium Member 9 Years

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    Oh and my rooster sings the egg song also. And he's definitely not going to be laying any eggs! (If he does, I'm RICH!)
  9. 2dogs1cat

    2dogs1cat Songster

    Mar 8, 2010
    Forest Grove, OR
    I've searched the yard, no eggs to be found anywhere odd. I think my BA just likes to hear herself *lol* And she is LOUD!

    My SS was an overachiever today, laid 2 eggs.

    May the others take note and get their acts together...

    Thanks for all the input [​IMG]
  10. gaillardia

    gaillardia Songster

    Apr 20, 2010
    Larkspur, CO
    Quote:My RIR started laying at 17 weeks. I did not start the oyster shell until the first egg. I was told it was ok to start the oystershell with the others since they are all about the same age. BR started laying at 19 weeks.

    My Buff Cochin has been singing for 3 weeks, but no eggs from her yet. She seems to sing only when she is aggitated.

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