Is she laying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Five Points John, Jul 10, 2011.

  1. Five Points John

    Five Points John Out Of The Brooder

    May 17, 2011
    We just bought This pullet or hen today. We don't know the age, we think the roo that came with her is a around six months to a year. She should be about the same. Is she laying? Here is some pic.
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    I am feed ing 20% I like to know if I need to go with a layer feed and rig up a nest box. They are in quarantine now away from the main coop.
    Thanks in advance John
  2. they'reHISchickens

    they'reHISchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 31, 2008
    There is no way we can tell if she is laying or not by pics.
    First, by changing her location/home/coop she will likely not lay for a week or two just because of acclimation issues. She has to feel comfortable and at home.
    Second, although her comb looks red, you really have to have a comparison hen to tell if it's the *right* red to indicate laying. I find that chickens are best known by comparing to other chickens of the same breed and age.
    Third, you can try placing your fingers between her pelvic bones. The old ways say that three fingers between the pelvic bones is a layer, two fingers width or less is a nonlayer. I find this works, sometimes.
  3. mljohnson05

    mljohnson05 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 16, 2011
    Not sure what the last 2 pics are ...they are really really blurry (are they the vent???)

    Is she doing the "squat" yet then you walk towards her or try to reach out and pet her???

    Also if you take your thumb, and just under the vent is her pubic/pelvic bone......if you can fit the top f your thumb between the opening, then she is most likely close to laying age....she is red in the comb, so most likely should be laying or close to it....however with out another hen of same breed to compare the *red* to, it is hard to tell....

    Best Wishes,

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