Egg song question?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by MrJorge13, Oct 12, 2012.

  1. MrJorge13

    MrJorge13 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 30, 2012
    New Jersey
    We have 6 hens and I believe 2 have started to lay. We heard the egg song once from our BO after I checked the hen box and found an egg she started the song. We don't think she laid the egg or has even started to lay. Her comb is still pink and small and no squatting from her. My question is will a hen sing the song after another hen lays? :/
  2. thebanthams

    thebanthams Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 12, 2010
    Safford, Arizona
    Not always. They sing when they want to!
  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    The egg song sound is also an alarm call. It has a higher intensity, but it's the same sound. So if she was startled, she could have been warning the others.
  4. Jenikate

    Jenikate Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2012
    New Hampshire
    I was outside raking leaves yesterday and heard all of my chickens in one of my coops singing the song...LOUDLY. To me, (waiting imapatiently for them to lay!) It was a chicken version of Hallelujah!
    None of them have stated laying yet though it should be anyday . I rushed to check the nesting boxes, no egg. They went on for about 5 min, then went about business as usual :)
    I have 3 Light Brahmas in another coop, and 2 are laying. When they lay an egg, I have one EE in the other coop that will sing the song with the Light Brahma.
    So I have quickly figured out, there is no rhyme or reason to the egg song! :)

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