Lying Hens

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ginger c., Sep 28, 2011.

  1. ginger c.

    ginger c. Chillin' With My Peeps

    550
    1
    123
    Apr 20, 2011
    Alabama
    I'm wondering if this is normal (or if anyone else has this issue).

    It looks like we have 5 pullets and 1 roo.
    One of our pullets started laying last week. The other four haven't laid an egg yet.

    Despite that... at least 1 hen has taken to singing the egg song. I get all eggcited, rush out to see who laid, and discover my EE LIED! She's just stading on an outdoor roost singing the egg song. Sometimes, the one that is currently laying is on the nest at the same time... so we figure the EE is egging her on.

    But a couple of times, the one currently laying has also sung the song BEFORE she lays... yesterday she sang about an hour before the egg came. LOL.

    This has lead me to believe I have LYING hens instead of laying hens. [​IMG]

    Is this normal? Does anyone else have this issue?

    Thanks in advance,

    GC's DH
     
  2. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Chillin' With My Peeps

    3,787
    36
    213
    Apr 15, 2010
    Forest Grove, OR
    It's totally normal! [​IMG] They practice, they sing for each other, they sing before or after, they sing if they see a squirrel in the yard...
     
  3. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

    21,690
    2,639
    466
    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    The egg song is instinctive. In the wild they go off to lay while the flock continues to forage. After laying they call out "Hey where are you guys?"
    The rest of the flock answers in kind.
    They still do it even if they're standing next to each other.
    Roosters separated from the flock will sometimes make the same sound.
     
  4. ginger c.

    ginger c. Chillin' With My Peeps

    550
    1
    123
    Apr 20, 2011
    Alabama
    cool.

    Thanks for the quick responses.
     
  5. mythkat

    mythkat Chillin' With My Peeps

    They're not so much lying as getting a contact high from the one that is laying. [​IMG] Sort of like if they sing the egg song loud enough they'll suddenly lay an egg. My hen's form a chorus for a couple hours each morning. Even the one's that are moulting sing along.
     
  6. goldtopper

    goldtopper Chillin' With My Peeps

    331
    2
    111
    Oct 15, 2010
    Near Bert Blyleven
    LOVE the "hey, where are you guys?" call!
    My daughter brings our Australorp in for sometimes up to an hour. The other girls will be far away and she just stands there and screams HEY WHERE ARE YOU GUYS!!
     
  7. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    63,748
    9,330
    766
    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    "Lying hens?" Punish them.
     
  8. ginger c.

    ginger c. Chillin' With My Peeps

    550
    1
    123
    Apr 20, 2011
    Alabama
    Quote:That's what I was thinking. [​IMG]
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by