Is RIR ready to lay?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by kmb221, Sep 16, 2008.

  1. kmb221

    kmb221 Songster

    Jul 18, 2008
    Shippensburg, PA
    My RIR, approx. 16 weeks old, was acting weird last night. All the other hens were standing around and she just plopped down on the grass. I went out to her, she didn't get up. Just sat there. Went out at dusk to make sure they were all on the roosts and she was up with the other ones.

    Is she getting ready to lay? I'm a newbie and am not sure what signs to look for before laying starts.

    I have 1 RIR hen, 1 RIR rooster, 1 Buff orpington, 2 Silver-laced Wyandottes and a Black Autralarps.
  2. Curlita

    Curlita Songster

    May 22, 2008
    Seattle, WA
    I don't know if it has anything to do with laying eggs or not, but that's how my chickens act when they are taking a dust bath or have found a nice sunny hollow.

    One sign that they are on their way towards laying is that when you stroke their back, they crouch down and do what I've come to think of as a "come hither Mr. Rooster" dance.

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