Hen screaming

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Heihei4, Aug 9, 2018.

  1. Heihei4

    Heihei4 In the Brooder

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    i am new to the hen world. 1 or more(we aren’t sure) recently started laying about 2 weeks ago. And we recently went on vacation for 5 days.
    We usually let them out everyday free range for a few hours but while we were away they stayed in the pen. Now we are only getting 1 egg a day where as the before we would Get at least 2 the most 3. And one of my hens won’t stop yelling at me like hei hei does in moana.. I have found every other hen noise explained but that one.

    Are my chickens just mad at us? Or it’s not steady because they just started?

    Also we have found eggs in 3 different spots. Does that mean 3 have laid. Or 1 is just laying where she feels?

    Sorry for all the questions but any help is really appreciated!!
     
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  2. Chick-N-Fun

    Chick-N-Fun Almy Acres Farm

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    First of all, welcome to BYC! I hope you find it very useful and FUN! :celebrate

    Secondly, your chickens might have missed you while you were gone, but the screaming is probably not because they are mad at you!!!! :rant ;)

    It sounds like your hens are new to laying. Therefore, they are either singing an egg song (which can sound like just screaming...:lau) to celebrate the fact that they laid. Or it could be that they are frustrated because they NEED to lay but can’t due to another hen being in the nesting box that they want to lay in or that they don’t know WHERE to lay.
    You may want to put fake eggs or golf balls in the nesting boxes to help guide your girls on where to lay. This should help.
     
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  3. Heihei4

    Heihei4 In the Brooder

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    Thank you so much! We have put fake eggs in, that is what started there laying! :)

    I’m just concerned that we had more daily before we left and now we are only getting 1..
    We know for sure 1 is laying.
    We heard that if we find eggs in different spots that means different ones are laying(not sure how true that is?)
     
  4. Chick-N-Fun

    Chick-N-Fun Almy Acres Farm

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    Chickens are creatures of habit and will generally lay in a preferred spot, but since your ladies are just beginner layers, they may be laying ANYwhere until they get into a routine.
     
  5. townchicks

    townchicks Free Ranging

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    It could be 1 hen laying in different spots, or multiple hens laying. Is it hot where you are? That can slow down laying. Now that you're home, observing who goes into the box, and checking for an egg when they come out, is the best way to know who is laying. That will also help you begin to recognize what each hens egg looks like. Often, but not always, each hen will lay a slightly different shape or color.
     
  6. Heihei4

    Heihei4 In the Brooder

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    Yes it have been very hot. I am in Nh and we are in a drought.
    Also all the eggs we have gotten all look the exact same small eggs.
    We had put the go pro in there and saw 1 in the nesting box . I think she may be the only one laying.

    They are all about the same age.. the others will catch on soon I assume?
     
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  7. Chick-N-Fun

    Chick-N-Fun Almy Acres Farm

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    Absolutely!!! This is the hardest part...........waiting!!!!!
     
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  8. Heihei4

    Heihei4 In the Brooder

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    Ugh patients is not my middle name! Haha

    Thank you for the easing of the mind.. oh read so much about diseases and sickness.

    I told my fiancé that I think they are holding them in because they had to stay in the pen while we were gone :lau
     
  9. Better Than Rubies

    Better Than Rubies Crowing

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    Well, just saying, it might be a good idea to keep them locked in their pen 24/7 still for a couple more weeks, to ensure they know where to lay. :) (And then you might better be able to tell when the other ones have started, too, and will know where to go).
     
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  10. Heihei4

    Heihei4 In the Brooder

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    Will do - thanks for the idea we will try that ! Hopefully get some more eggs before summers over !
     

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