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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Johnn, Oct 4, 2011.

  1. Johnn

    Johnn Crowing

    Sep 5, 2011
    when a chicken lays her first egg does she get to choose when it happens or does she just feel it and goes to the nest box?

  2. ChicKat

    ChicKat Crowing Premium Member

    what a good question.

    I don't know the answer but I can give you a bump. I have heard that pullets sometimes lay their first egg in the run, as if they weren't sure what was going on. It may have a lot of variables to the answer...like is there an older hen there that is laying so they know the drill? Are there fake eggs in the nest box so she knows a good place to lay the egg?

    I also wonder how much control the chicken has over egg-laying timing. Sometimes I go out with a treat, and if one is on the nest box, she will get up come out get the treat and go back afterwards to finish the egg.

    Hopefully someone who knows what goes on inside that chicken's head (and ovaduct) can provide a really good answer.
  3. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Well, ummmmm.... Consider body functions YOU experience. If yer a gal in or past the age of child-bearing, you may remember the sensations when you had no control over the onset of menstruation. Human women "shed" eggs monthly, hens do it daily. The first few menses can be distressing, with unfamiliar cramping. Multiply that 30 times.

    Over a period of time, hens get used to what their bodies are telling them, able to gauge where in the process they are at a given time. But those first few eggs... "Dang! It's happening AGAIN! What's up with that?!?!?"
  4. JodyJo

    JodyJo Songster

    Sep 27, 2010
    before my girls started laying, one walked by me, stopped and out popped her first soft shelled egg...so I would say no...they don't always know what is going on! She dropped it out and kept walking!
  5. sunny & the 5 egg layers

    sunny & the 5 egg layers Crowing

    Mar 29, 2011
    Quote:Haha! [​IMG] That is hilarious!
  6. Johnn

    Johnn Crowing

    Sep 5, 2011
    so i bet you could post a link saying oh i went to check on the hens and there it is in the nest my first egg
  7. ChickiKat

    ChickiKat Songster

    Jul 10, 2011
    Eastern Kansas
    Quote:and I could just imagine the chicken saying, this ones for you!!

  8. artsy1

    artsy1 Songster

    Sep 5, 2011
    Sssssooo Funny..i Think Laying An Egg Is Very Painful The First Few Times, But After That.........probably Not As Bad:d
  9. debs_flock

    debs_flock Crowing

    Sep 14, 2011
    Shingle Springs, CA
    Quote:Reminds me of the Monty Python movie, Meaning of Life. The woman with the houseful of children, standing at the sink doing dishes and the baby just falls out. She looks at the baby, then says to her older daughter.........."Get that, would you Deirdre?", then just keeps doing the dishes.


    I don't think it's all that painful after you lay an egg daily, I wouldn't think so anyway.


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