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How do you know when a pullet is about ready to lay?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by AtlantisPeeps, Sep 20, 2014.

  1. AtlantisPeeps

    AtlantisPeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Title is the question :)
     
  2. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    There are several signs of oncoming egg production:

    • Redder, larger combs and wattles.
    • "Squatting" as you reach down to pick the bird up. Squatting is the natural response of a hen who is ready to mate with a rooster.
    • Investigating the nest boxes frequently.
    • Cackling for no apparent reason.
    • Sometimes a change in voice to a deeper sound.

    If you see any/all of those signs, chances are you will get eggs in 1-4 weeks.
     
  3. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    X2 on this advice.
     
  4. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Overrun With Chickens

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    Patience, grasshopper [​IMG] It seems like they'll never lay and then....whoops! There's an egg!
     

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