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Have you ever seen an egg laid?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by BBQJOE, Feb 1, 2016.


    BBQJOE Chillin' With My Peeps

    Just curious because I never have.
    Do they do the egg song before, during, or after it's laid?
  2. duluthralphie

    duluthralphie Chicken Wrangler Premium Member

    After, Mine sort of stand in a squat, ( I know that sound oxymoronish) and the egg just sort of pops out. The song comes after when they are leaving or ready to leave the nest.
  3. Chickenmanjim7

    Chickenmanjim7 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 16, 2015
    Aberdeen, Washington
    I actually got see one of my chickens lay her first egg because she got pushed out while laying by another chicken. and she egg sings even when other chickens lay. so depends on the chicken. If shes someone in the nest she starts egg singing.
  4. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    Egg song before, then LOTS of nesting behavior like scratching around. When the egg is laid, the hen stands vertical, sometimes with some grunting sounds, then the egg comes. Their body relaxes and some hens will lay back down to rest for a while. They usually sing the egg song when they exit the nest, but sometimes will sing it before, if they are disturbed.
  5. Rickovo

    Rickovo Out Of The Brooder

    Duly, Happy Chooks, it's interesting that because mine stand/squat but maybe they would stand more upright if they had the headroom (the roof is low in the nestbox).
    Bok- bok- bkurkk after, which I've heard is an amouncement not of laying an egg but that timing is good for fertilisation (I.e. 'im in the mood for a roooooster baby!)(apparently?)
  6. Rickovo

    Rickovo Out Of The Brooder

    And that makes me think (sorry to go on) but maybe having ample headroom (like they would in the wild most times) would be better?
  7. azygous

    azygous Overrun With Chickens

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    Yes, lots of times. And they are just as likely to sing their song before and during the time on the nest as right after laying.

    You should try to watch sometime, Joe. It's pretty fascinating. I'm sure you'll have some of your trademark observations upon witnessing the event.

    BBQJOE Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'm just not sure if they'll perform if I have the nest box open when they're busy. Kinda like staring at the wife on the toilet. (which I never do, but can only imagine the response, and consequences)
  9. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    Mine usually sing after, and the whole coop joins in. It's like the Hallelujah Choir in there sometimes!
  10. azygous

    azygous Overrun With Chickens

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    One very interesting thing I've observed when observing the egg laying event is that once the hen gets into "the zone", she is so relaxed and focused, I can quietly open the nest box door and stand there and watch and it doesn't phase her in the least. This goes for even my skittish hens. The problem with this activity is it can sometimes take a while to get to the grand finale, so you have to have endurance.

    As for your wife, I won't even go there.

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