How to tell when a Polish is close to laying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by bekahubbell, Sep 30, 2014.

  1. bekahubbell

    bekahubbell Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a Silver Laced Polish pullet who is about 29 weeks, I dont know what to look for to know if she is close to laying. I have a RIR who just started laying last week, first layer ever, and I can tell when she will lay because of the way she acts. The last 2 days my polish has been making new louder noises and acting very different. I am just curious if anyone else who has Polish's have any experience?
     
  2. Hilacraft

    Hilacraft Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I could tell when my chickens were close to laying by putting my hands on their backs out of nowhere and then stroke and if they are in a mating position they are close to laying. A week or two after they started to do that they started laying.
     
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  3. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    There are several signs that hen will begin laying "soon". It's hard to determine exactly when "soon" is, but it is usually within a few weeks.

    • They'll start squatting. When hens squat, they spread their wings slightly and flatten themselves slightly to the ground. This is what they do for roosters for breeding. If you walk up to them or put your hand on their back, most laying birds or birds close to laying will squat just like they do for roosters.
    • Comb and wattles will become redder. As a hen matures and gets closer to egg laying, the comb and wattles will increase in size and become redder.
    • They may start going into the nest boxes. Birds close to laying often check out the nest boxes and may spend a few minutes in there.
     
  4. bekahubbell

    bekahubbell Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you. I know what to look for in general but I was wondering if Polish follow the same general rules such as squatting and all that?
     

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