Is there signs that a hen is ready to lay?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ticks, Aug 10, 2008.

  1. ticks

    ticks Pheasant Obsessed

    Apr 1, 2008
    The Sticks, Vermont
    Can any oen post a pic of how red the combs hould be?
     
  2. ticks

    ticks Pheasant Obsessed

    Apr 1, 2008
    The Sticks, Vermont
    What about a bulgy butt? [​IMG]

    Should I feed them layer pellets?
     
  3. reallemons1

    reallemons1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Besides red combs and squating I look for singing. They sing the long boooocks almost like singing the moody blues.
     
  4. Justino

    Justino ♪♫ Rockin' Rooster ♪♫

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    Quote:yup lol my silkies do a very weird bababababababababababaaaaawk!!!! noise lol very loud!
     
  5. ticks

    ticks Pheasant Obsessed

    Apr 1, 2008
    The Sticks, Vermont
    I think they are doing that!
    What does it sound like? Almost liek they are mad?
     
  6. Justino

    Justino ♪♫ Rockin' Rooster ♪♫

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    Quote:yuppers- mine sound very mad and do the same high pitched noise over and over again rels fast
     
  7. GmacD

    GmacD New Egg

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    Quote:i have used many things in the past such as; doorknobs, golf balls, colorful plaic easter eggs. prettymuch any small round thing should work.
     
  8. vfem

    vfem Yoga...The Chicken Pose

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    After trying to borrow a ping pong ball, golf ball ect... no one came through, SO I had boiled a store bought egg and plopped it under Muppet tonight while she was sleeping. It was a Large egg so I hope it doesn't throw her off?! Is that ok to do?
     
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  9. chickenlickin8

    chickenlickin8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ticks, here's a pic of how red the comb and wattle will become. You will suddenly notice their comb and wattle growing rapidly and it turn a bright red, plus they become very vocal and some of mine even "practice sat" in the nest before actually laying their first egg. I got another "first" egg today....my maran laid her first one!! I love the deep terracota color and it was perfect! [​IMG] I now have 4 out of 8 hens laying. Yours will start too!!!

    Here are the pics! I included some of my nest box set up too...6 inches off the ground...works perfect!

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  10. ticks

    ticks Pheasant Obsessed

    Apr 1, 2008
    The Sticks, Vermont
    THat's what color mine are, Mine are on the ground of the coop.
     

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