Girls are getting noisy!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by tribemama, Nov 9, 2015.

  1. tribemama

    tribemama Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 25, 2008
    I have two 2 year old black sex links who are both freeloaders right now due to molting and four 18 week old pullets. Three of the pullets have gotten super loud, my two Australorps and my RIR. The australorps are also squatting for me. I attached a picture of one Australorp and my RIR...are they looking mature around the comb? Is all the sqwauking a sign eggs may be coming soon? Thanks!
  2. appps

    appps Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 29, 2012
    Possibly. Are their combs bright red, that's. Or ally a good way to tell who is and isn't going to lay.

    My australorps is the noisiest bird, I'm sure the whole neighbourhood knows when she lays!
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    They look pretty red!
    Check their points.
    Noisy can be a good sign too....are they checking out the nests?

    Signs of onset of lay---I've found the pelvic points to be the most accurate.
    If you touch their back they will hunker down on the ground, then shake their tail feathers when they get back up.
    This shows they are sexually mature and egg laying is close at hand.

    Combs and Wattles:
    Plump, shiny red - usually means laying.
    Shriveled, dryish looking and pale - usually means not laying.
    Tho I have found that the combs and wattles can look full and red one minute then pale back out the next due to exertion or excitement, can drive ya nuts when waiting for a pullet to lay!

    2 bony points(pelvic bones) on either side of vent:
    Less than 2 fingertip widths apart usually means not laying.
    More than 2 fingertip widths apart usually means laying
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2015

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