My speckled Sussex is squawking all funny


Apr 6, 2016
Hi everyone! I have 5 hens and they are all for sure hens, none of them have layed an egg yet but they're 22 weeks old. I have a speckled Sussex and she's usually not very loud but recently she does this very strange squawking. It's extremely loud and it's kinda like a "bawk- bawk- bawk- bawk- bawk - BAGAAAAWK!!! - bawk - bawk -bawk" and then repeats. When I go out there to see if something is wrong she stops and acts normal. But what is going on?

This is what she looks like
Some birds are very vocal no matter what age.
Bird coming close to point of lay can get very vocal.

She doesn't look real red in the comb but.....she may be close.

New layers can be quite goofy acting, they don't know what they are doing at first and can be confused and anxious, it can take up to a month or so before they get it all figured out. Putting some fake eggs or golf balls in the nest might help show them where to lay. They may scratch around in the nests for weeks before laying, spreading the bedding everywhere. They will scratch around a bit less in nest as they get used to the routine. Meanwhile, eggs everywhere, some of them can be rather funky looking, soft or thin shelled, huge double yolked eggs.

Signs of onset of lay---I've found the pelvic points to be the most accurate.
If you touch their back they will hunker down on the ground, then shake their tail feathers when they get back up.
This shows they are sexually mature and egg laying is close at hand.

Combs and Wattles:
Plump, shiny red - usually means laying.
Shriveled, dryish looking and pale - usually means not laying.
Tho I have found that the combs and wattles can look full and red one minute then pale back out the next due to exertion or excitement, can drive ya nuts when waiting for a pullet to lay!

Dry, tight, and smaller - usually not laying.
Moist, wide, and larger - usually laying

Pelvic Points 2 bony points(pelvic bones) on either side of vent:
Less than 2 fingertip widths apart usually means not laying.
More than 2 fingertip widths apart usually means laying.

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