is there a way to know that a chicken is going to lay

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chickenbottom, May 17, 2009.

  1. chickenbottom

    chickenbottom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 30, 2008
    hollister, florida
    well i know that the comb and waddles are redder in color and the pelvic bone is supose to be three fingers wide. can you feel an egg inside a chicken? i do know quite a bit about chickens but not about egg production. my girls were born the 13th of january should they be laying soon. my australorp (ruby) has gained quite a bit of weight 2 pounds in about 2 weeks and she did squat once about a month ago and never did it again and there is no sign of an egg or anything so im a little confused please help
     
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  2. aberfitch

    aberfitch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    they will get to it. they are just about there. but best tell tell is bright red swolen combs. you can fell the egg but you gotta be gentile or you will deform it or break it. if she had an egg in there it would be out by now. eggs don' stay in there when they are ready to come out.
     
  3. chickenbottom

    chickenbottom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 30, 2008
    hollister, florida
    thank you aberfitch [​IMG] and any more tips would be nice also
     
  4. susiestozz

    susiestozz Out Of The Brooder

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    Sorry to sound pretty vague here, but we thought our newly bought chickens would NEVER lay so we rang our supplier and he mentioned something about the vent that will tell you if they are about to lay.

    Like I said, sorry it's vague but worry not they WILL lay when the time is right!![​IMG]
     
  5. fmk

    fmk Out Of The Brooder

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    When I bought my 5 chickens I was told that they were 17 weeks old - that was 3 weeks ago - we got two eggs today - our first. The only sign was that they used the nest box for the first time yesterday - although it's been there all the time with straw bedding. I did put a golf ball in each box - it's suppose to encourage them to lay??
     
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  6. chickenbottom

    chickenbottom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 30, 2008
    hollister, florida
    Quote:is the comb red and swelled up and how much do they weigh
     
  7. chickenbottom

    chickenbottom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 30, 2008
    hollister, florida
    Quote:lol what eggzactly did he say like to look for
     
  8. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

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    Everyone of mine started squatting and let me pet them about a week before they started to lay eggs. Never fails [​IMG] Even my wild crazy Faverolle let me pet her (squatting) when she was ready to lay eggs. Just reach down and try to pet them...if they squat and let you they are getting very close to laying.
     
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  9. chickenbottom

    chickenbottom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 30, 2008
    hollister, florida
    ya well ruby my b.a she squatted once and she hasnt since and its confusing me and maybe she isnt squatting because she never runs away from me and she always lets me hold her and touch her
     
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  10. wildwitchy

    wildwitchy Out Of The Brooder

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    if your chooks are squatting they are accepting you as the cockerel so the eggs should be due soon. but just squatting is a submissive gesture aswell. sometimes they lay a few soft shelled eggs , shell less eggs or just plain strange eggs untill they get into it. thats another sign. i put false plastic eggs in the nest to tell my girls where to lay.
     

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