How do you check their pelvic area to see if they can lay?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by XilverAngel, Nov 9, 2009.

  1. XilverAngel

    XilverAngel Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 28, 2009
    I have heard of checking the pelvic area of the pullets to see if they are ready for laying, but im not sure exactly how this process works, since ppl say that u should be able to fit
    2-3 fingers in between, but i can put my whole hand in, if im doing it rite. I think im doing it wrong, but i have no clue. So how exactly do u measure that?
  2. ThePamperedPullet

    ThePamperedPullet Chillin' With My Peeps

    You have to locate the pelvic bones which are two bones that stick out at the back of the keel and below the vent. You should be able to stick two fingers between these bones on a full size hen. Then you should be able to stick three fingers between the pelvic bones and the bone above the vent. Also the comb will redden. The hen will start checking out the nesting area and sometimes start squating. This time of year will also delay laying.

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