how do you know

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by davecash, Sep 12, 2007.

  1. davecash

    davecash Chillin' With My Peeps

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    if your hens are about to lay for the first time ever? is bantys diff than reg. chickens?
     
  2. bigzio

    bigzio Overrun With Chickens

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    Age is a big factor. 20weeks is a good starting point for alot of pullets. Brighter red colored combs is a good indication that your pullet is in her laying cycle. Special songs they sing also help to let you know.

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  3. davecash

    davecash Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks
     
  4. Enchanted Sunrise Farms

    Enchanted Sunrise Farms Overrun With Chickens

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    Bigzio,

    Special songs? Can you elaborate? i am waiting for my 22 week old EE to lay her first egg. She has been making a certain sound a lot lately, but i wouldn't describe it as a song, unless it was a really irritating nails on the blackboard type of rock song.
     
  5. bigzio

    bigzio Overrun With Chickens

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    Too funny, but ya songs from the hens aren't really singing like we do but kinda like the guy who couldn't carry a tune no matter what the song is. It does sound weird in a way... but to them it is singing.[​IMG]

    bigzio
     
  6. davecash

    davecash Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i mean pullets, do they like sit in the nests before they lay.. to get used to it?
     
  7. devora

    devora Chillin' With My Peeps

    A few of the things that happened:

    Red combs, of course.
    Squatting as we walked by them.
    They became easier to pick up, more docile.
    They munched down oyster shell.
    They sat in the nest boxes for a bit.

    All of them did not exhibit all of these behaviours, these are just some things I’ve noticed.

    Good luck w/ getting eggs!
     

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