Hens more lovey when nearing time to lay?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by CarolB865, Sep 28, 2016.

  1. CarolB865

    CarolB865 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 10, 2016
    Knoxville, TN
    Once again, first time chicken Mom with questions. I have 2 EE bantam pullets, 20 weeks old this week, that are beginning to show signs such as the comb reddening and definitely squatting. They have both become very docile/lovey with me, sitting in my lap for treats, easily picked up and petted, following me onto the porch,all things they would have run from a week or two ago.

    One of my roosters has also taken "great interest" in both these girls as they do their best to scream and run from! I've also noticed both of them puffing themselves up and generally looking almost uncomfortable.

    Are these typical behaviors that are signalling that egg time may be soon? [​IMG]
  2. chickens really

    chickens really True BYC Addict

    Submitting is a sign....I never, ever hold my Chickens.....Only if needed in medicating or catching....

    Anyways sounds like eggs soon for you.....

  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    If your cockbird (rooster) is showing interest in mating them, and he's a mature(over 12 months) well behaved bird ...then that is a sure sign laying is imminent. If male is a young cockerel, ti's a whole nother story.

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