How to know when my chickens are going to lay

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Kaybug137, Aug 7, 2012.

  1. Kaybug137

    Kaybug137 Chillin' With My Peeps

    404
    5
    104
    Apr 18, 2012
    Texas
    My pullets reached 6months this month, and I'm waiting for the egg, My pullet who is a White Rock, has been acting strange today well all my pullets are, Shes digging alot kicking the hay around and the dirt, Her face is red and her comb has grown out, a long with her waddles, she seems to be making a good bit of noise today. does this mean she is fixing to lay her first egg?? How can I know when shes fixing to lay her first?

    This picture was taken a few days ago, her face seems more red today,

    [​IMG]
     
  2. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    4,637
    53
    231
    Jul 22, 2010
    Anderson, Texas
    Get out the bacon >
     
  3. Angie8eggs

    Angie8eggs Chillin' With My Peeps

    389
    17
    113
    Apr 17, 2012
    She looks ready! My leghorn was acting the same way, two days before she laid her first egg, she sat in the nesting box, fluffed it up, made lots of noise, in then there was the egg!! It was like looking at my first pregnancy test!! lol :lol: I was so excited, ran out screaming and clucking like a chicken! ;)
     
    4 people like this.
  4. Kaybug137

    Kaybug137 Chillin' With My Peeps

    404
    5
    104
    Apr 18, 2012
    Texas
    Should I be expectin it today???? X3 I hope so<3 It'd be like awesome ~ Finally get what I been waitin for 6 months x3 since we have so many eggs from the store wonder if parents would let her lay on it.
     
  5. Angie8eggs

    Angie8eggs Chillin' With My Peeps

    389
    17
    113
    Apr 17, 2012
    Do you have any golf balls or plastic eggs around? Put them in the nesting box and put her in them, maybe that will help her out some. I did that so she would have an idea, but sometimes I would find the balls or eggs scattered on the floor!:rolleyes: That also helps them not pecking at them to if you find yourself gone throughout the day, not being there in time to get them. Some people have a problem with their chickens wanting to peck at their eggs. ;) Hopefully tomorrow you will have an egg!!! :D
     
    1 person likes this.
  6. Kaybug137

    Kaybug137 Chillin' With My Peeps

    404
    5
    104
    Apr 18, 2012
    Texas
    I do not have a golf but I do have tons of easter eggs xD but we are going to have to make a new nest box, old one is falling appart D: gonna need major help pronto DX Other then the digging around alot and lots of odd noises, what else do I need to look for when she is getting ready to lay??
     
  7. Lewbylew99

    Lewbylew99 Out Of The Brooder

    48
    0
    34
    Aug 3, 2012
    I reckon she is getting ready to lay, Either Tonight or Tomorrow! She is making that noise because she wants to find a Nest and she cant just leave her too it and she will. Shes probaly going more red because the egg is getting closer to being layed, My chicken made alot of noise and she layed about 1 hour later. She might lay outside or inside the coop if you Free range them, But if you dont Free range them she will hopefully lay inside the sleeping hutch, Its completly normal if she does lay outside the hutch!
    Goodluck with your first egg,

    (If im too late at replying and she already has layed then tell me, LOL;)
    Hope this helps you,

    Lewbylew99
     
  8. bwalden

    bwalden Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

    1,183
    65
    171
    Jan 16, 2012
    Arkansas
    I put fake eggs in the next boxes a few weeks ago for my 5 month old welsummers. I was getting one or two eggs a days on the ground. The nest eggs worked. I'm up to 6 or 7 eggs a day now. I ordered them from Murray Mcmurray.
     
  9. Kaybug137

    Kaybug137 Chillin' With My Peeps

    404
    5
    104
    Apr 18, 2012
    Texas
    No eggs yet! Hoping for tomorrow, I was thinking my Barred Rock would lay first but her comb and waddles have not fully come in yet, shes alot bigger, my White Rock has larger comb and waddles, both their faces are red to, but White rock who's name is Angel or the white one, is digging about throwing straw EVERYWHERE! Quite entertainingly cute<3 talking a lot. When she does the egg song does she do that right when the egg comes out or sometime before it does??? Still so new to this~ I think once I see the egg I'ma run in like its Christmas morning!!!! Can not wait! And when will a hen go broody?
     
  10. Lewbylew99

    Lewbylew99 Out Of The Brooder

    48
    0
    34
    Aug 3, 2012
    You will know when shes gone broody because she just sits in the sleeping hutch for ages and she may lay a egg and stay on it for ages because she wants a baby but she cannot....
    Also she will make noise before she lays too either find a nest or theres a predator and shes scaring it off just to make sure...

    Lewbylew99
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by