Increased appetite before laying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by amandac, Jun 30, 2010.

  1. amandac

    amandac In the Brooder

    Apr 7, 2010
    Hi. I am new to chickens and have a mixed flock including black sex link, RIR, BR and SLW hens. All between 4-6 months old. They have had a DEFINITE [​IMG] increase in appetite in the last week, like eating 2-3 times as much. Is this a sign of imminent egg laying??? They are not free range birds, but have a very large run with access to grass and such. Thanks for the help.
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    A hen will lay an egg that is about 2% to 3% of her body weight. She definitely needs to eat more to replenish that. Laying hens will also eat quite a bit more than a rooster for the same reason. I'd say it is a good sign.

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