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My son had a question.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by countrygirl4513, Aug 2, 2007.

  1. countrygirl4513

    countrygirl4513 Songster

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    His question to me was...does a hen decide to lay an egg or is it instinct?
    My answer was...instinct. However... everyone talks about a hen going broody...I know that this is concerning setting eggs to hatch, but isn't there a sorta a broodiness they go into when they start laying in general? The Brahma that just laid the first 2 eggs (she's 20 wks old) acts different than the rest of the hens. She's more growly and stays more to herself. I mean I consider this sorta a broody state. Compare it to PMS with women, do ya know what I mean?
     
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    I would say a hen laying an egg is basically them becoming mature. Not really instinct or a decision. Each egg is an ovulation cycle so I say hormones. Women can't control their monthly cycle that much or choose when to start it.
     
  3. countrygirl4513

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    I'm just so shocked that it is a Brahma that is laying, from my research... Brahmas are usually later in maturing than most other hens.
     
  4. bigzio

    bigzio Crowing 11 Years

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    My whole flock at the present time is Light Brahmas. They usually start to lay around 20 weeks old. The cockerals take longer to mature than some breeds, however by 18 weeks they will start to get frisky. The full cock feathers with all the plumage takes up to 2 years to fully develop. Then they become a beauiful speciman with a stately apperance.

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