normal first egg behavior or possible trouble

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by KCNC06, Jan 16, 2010.

  1. KCNC06

    KCNC06 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm pretty new to the wonderful world of chickens so I'm not really sure what is normal for chickens right before they start laying. My favorite girl is acting very strange today. She has made three little nests, and has been in this third nest for about 45 minutes on and off. She'll come out yelling like she's laid an egg, but there's nothing there. Then she'll go back, scratch around for a while and start over. She's about 8 months old and is a Barred Rock, so it's about time for her to lay. Could she be egg bound and that's why it's taking so long for the egg to come out, or does it normally take a while the first time? She's acting like a dog in labor!
    If she was egg bound, how could I tell and what could I do? I picked her up and felt her belly, but didn't really know what to feel for.
    Thanks!!
     
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I've had them act that way just before the first egg. Just give her time and I bet she'll pop out a perfect little brown egg for you.
     
  3. KCNC06

    KCNC06 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh I hope so! She's my favorite!
     
  4. KCNC06

    KCNC06 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have an egg!!!! She's still hanging out with it and isn't making any noise now, but we definitely have an egg!
     
  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    See? I love my Barred Rocks. Congrats!!
     
  6. KCNC06

    KCNC06 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm so excited!! Now if we can only convince her to move out of the Dogloo and into the nest loft. [​IMG]



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