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How do they act

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by moodlymoo, Sep 26, 2011.

  1. moodlymoo

    moodlymoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 23, 2011
    Portland OR
    I am about to go on vacation but I have 3 gals who are about to start laying, or so I am told. How do they act right before they lay the first eggs?
  2. real_redhead

    real_redhead Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 6, 2011
    Roanoke, VA
    Mine started clucking so loud I thought something was wrong. They would also pace back and forth and in and out of the coop. Then they started laying! Some of them still cluck so loud before they lay I am constantly looking out the window checking on them!
  3. hallerlake

    hallerlake Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 30, 2010
    They start doing "the squat". You'll know it when you see it.
  4. LT

    LT Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 21, 2011
    West Fork
    Quote:We were on vacation last week, and two of our girls started laying the day we left! I knew they were holding out on me. But yes, the squawking and clucking, pacing, and squatting are definitely signs.
  5. smkchick

    smkchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 3, 2011
    Thanks! Now I know what to look for when my Gladys decides she's ready. Although she definitely has a mind of her own. And am I the only one who thinks a hen behaves like a human about to give birth (pacing, clucking, etc.)?[​IMG]

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