How does a hen know...?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Snozzle, Feb 5, 2012.

  1. Snozzle

    Snozzle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How does a hen know when to stop turning the eggs? Being on day 19 with my little batch of 6 eggs cooking, that question has popped up over and over and I don't seem to find a decent answer online. Do they have an internal timer, do they hear the chick inside, is it a scent or do they have a little flashlight hidden in their feathers and candle the egg when no one is looking? I had to use a calendar to figure my egg days out, guess my chickens are smarter then I after all [​IMG]
     
  2. Rainwolf

    Rainwolf De La Menagerie

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    Hen's talk to the chicks in the egg so I think that when they start peeping back she stops and just sits never moving cept to eat/drink and sometimes not even that.
     
  3. Snozzle

    Snozzle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That makes sense, thank you! I don't hear my guys peep yet, but I stopped turning yesterday. Can't wait to finally get to see them without the gift wrap on lol
     
  4. LaynaDon95

    LaynaDon95 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm going with the flashlight theory. =P
     
  5. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Tiny little maglite under that wing...
     
  6. LaynaDon95

    LaynaDon95 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Exactly!

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