Has anybody else noticed a change since laying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by SoTXChickenFarmer13, Jul 15, 2011.

  1. SoTXChickenFarmer13

    SoTXChickenFarmer13 Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 5, 2011
    Corpus Christi
    My australorp, Petunia, was a pretty mean bird, she would peck my hands when I tried reach for the water dish and she would pick the screen when I got too close to the coop. As a matter of factshe was so mean that if she didn't start laying soon, my wife suggested introducing Petunia to the frying pan...

    She laid her first egg yesterday, and almost immediately she seems nicer. She even let me pet her. Has anyone else noticed that in their birds? Is it possible her hormones changed her disposition?
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Maybe she had PMS? [​IMG]
  3. LunarRayne

    LunarRayne Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 23, 2011
    SW Arkansas
    I know my chickens are not very people friendly. I handle them everyday, but they prefer to run the yard. I have BR that is 19 weeks old and I am not very patiently waiting her first egg. She loves me to pick her up all the sudden. I have noticed her inspecting the nest boxes more. The dominant rooster doesn't want to leave her side. She has completely changed in attitude. Way nicer, more calm... The opposite of your hen.

    I think personality changes are normal. After all, my personality changed while I was pregnant...

    Oh and congrats on the egg.. I hope Helen lays soon... My Aunt has some EE pullets her age and 1 has started to lay already...
  4. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Most of my hens had personality changes after they started laying. For the better - the flighty ones were less flighty, the bossy ones were less bossy, the scaredy-cats were more trusting, and some got downright chatty, wanting to walk with me and tell me ALL about the doings in the flock.

    The already friendly and trusting pullets just got more so.

    Very like people - chicks like kids underfoot, immature "tween" pullets being contrary or some quite clingy, those closer to laying suddenly self-absorbed and busy with checking out the nest boxes, and the layers much more relaxed and comfortable with themselves. Older hens bossy like grannies.

  5. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

    Jul 17, 2009
    Quote:Yes. I tell everyone to expect a little more love from the ladies once they lay an egg.

    Roos are usually more cuddly up until maturity, then they don't want anything to do with you. Pullets are freakshows until they have to squeeze something out of their neither-regions. Then they need comfort.
  6. sanyijr

    sanyijr Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 20, 2011
    Quote:I absolutely noticed a positive change. They HOVER around me and almost trap me. 10 birds so tight around my feet I almost step on them any time i move. Funny, they also almost enjoy me petting them as well. Before, they would be a bit skiddish. Much better!!!! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
  7. breezychick

    breezychick Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 22, 2011
    My BA was never mean but also never let me near her. Now that she has started squatting, she loves for me to pet her.
    She has become very friendly. [​IMG]
  8. dsqard

    dsqard Crazy "L" Farms

    Jun 11, 2010
    York PA
    All of my girls have become more friendly once they began to lay. None of them are lap chickens but they don't run away from me like I'm an axe murderer any more. [​IMG]
  9. crossgirl

    crossgirl Day Dream Believer

    Mar 15, 2011
    Lakeland, FL
    My big girls haven't changed their behavior towards me but I notice that FINALLY the 9 are acting like a flock. They're mingling together. I love it!
  10. Pele

    Pele Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2011
    It's not just you. For reasons beyond my comprehension, pullets calm WAAAAY the heck down after laying. And it's not a smooth transition either, it's just bam! there.

    I love it. I get to dust my girls without having to chase them. Well.... everyone except her royal primadonnaness EE. [​IMG]

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