How long fromegg song and squat to actual eggs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by BoerneChickens, Aug 2, 2010.

  1. BoerneChickens

    BoerneChickens Songster

    Mar 3, 2010
    Boerne, TX
    I have an EE who is 21 weeks old today. She has been checking out the nest box and singing the egg song (or close to it) and she does the egg squat when you pat her back - she has been doing this for just over a week but still no eggs from her. How long does it typically take to go from those signals to actually getting eggs? We know she is not laying in the yard - my kids have done an egg hunt every day and no sign of eggs anywhere - plus she seems to go check out the nesting boxes a lot so I am pretty sure she will lay there - plus one other hen is laying there and she goes in with her most days - so maybe she "knows" where to go?

    Any ideas?
  2. simpsoncj

    simpsoncj Songster

    Dec 27, 2009
    Sounds like you can expect your first egg from her anyday now! So exciting! As far as how long, I had one hen who never gave me any indication she was getting ready to lay, another hen who squawked and walked around the yard for two weeks and went in and out of the nesting box five times a day before finally laying her first egg. And I have had everything in between! Sorry, wish there was a magic number I could give you. [​IMG]
  3. texasgal

    texasgal Brood with an Attitude

    Apr 18, 2009
    I would guess within the week .. Can't wait to hear about your first egg!!
  4. BoerneChickens

    BoerneChickens Songster

    Mar 3, 2010
    Boerne, TX
    Quote:Yeah - like all things with chickens I figured there was no magic number but at least it helps to know that they can take a couple weeks. We are just about at two weeks now so I am hopeful it will be this week! And I hope it will be green or blue! [​IMG] [​IMG]
  5. city kid farm

    city kid farm Chirping

    Apr 17, 2010
    My girls just started at 21 weeks -only 2 of 6 so far. The singing and squatting went on for about a week before hand. I also discovered that one girl had been laying in odd places so we got 3 bonus eggs! [​IMG]

    Watch her closely, it will be any time now.
  6. imthedude

    imthedude Songster

    Mar 9, 2010
    i think it was 8 days from the first "squat" to our first egg. one of our BR's was the first to lay at about 3 days shy of 20 weeks.
  7. Keens2050

    Keens2050 In the Brooder

    Jul 24, 2010
    Narvon, PA
    Egg song & Squat? I am new to this chicken business - have 8 silver-laced wyandottes that are 16 weeks old...please enlighten this newbie on the egg song & squat and what I should be looking for. Thanks![​IMG]
  8. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Free Ranging Staff Member Premium Member 9 Years

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    I bet you'll see an egg within a week. [​IMG]
  9. BoerneChickens

    BoerneChickens Songster

    Mar 3, 2010
    Boerne, TX
    Quote:The "song" is the classic chicken bak-bak-ba-KAWK sound and the "squat" is when you touch them on the back they drop down close to the ground with the wings down so their back is flat - it is behavior intended to allow a rooster to mount - but they will do it even with no rooster present once they reach egg laying age - or are close to it. At least that is my understanding of the whole thing - I'm a newbie too but I have been reading a lot on this site and trying to learn what to watch for.

    All you more experienced chicken folk - please correct me if I got any of this wrong or left something out [​IMG]
  10. palochknldy

    palochknldy Chirping

    Jun 7, 2010
    Palo, Iowa
    I must have "out of the norm" chickens. We have never witnessed the egg squat(and not for lack of watching them all the time instead of gardening). We were able to tell who our 2nd layer was because we saw her eating crushed egg shells that we put out for them. The whole time we thought it was our BR who has the reddest comb and waddle and thought it was weird that she would be eating the egg shells if she wasn't laying. Yep, we were wrong! Our RIR sings the egg song after she lays only once in awhile, not every day and our Golden Comet goes in and lays and comes out like nothing happened.

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