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OK, a question on this "egg song" thing...

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by sheeshshe, Sep 6, 2009.

  1. sheeshshe

    sheeshshe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a chicken thats been doing it for weeks now. I thought it was a song they would do if an enemy or something was bothering them... but apparently its the egg song. I was listening on youtube and its exactly the long song thing that she makes. she's 17 weeks old. She's a buff orpington. it used to be the other one that would make the song and I thought it was a warning call or something that happened once or twice. she hasn't done it since... but lately "Butter" has been doing this song nearly every day. I've been keeping them in the run until 230 in the afternoon and then letting them out to run around. she's been doing her singing almost daily lately. I don't see eggs in the run or coop so I can't imagine she's laying any.. BUT, why the heck is she doing an egg song for if she's not laying eggs? what other reasons would they do the song for? do they sometimes do it as a distress call? Its probably mid morning when she's been singing lately.
     
  2. mxpres

    mxpres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are still a bit young to lay,one of mine did the egg song for three weeks before she laid the first egg,If they were older I would think they may be hiding them from you,give them a few more weeks,they will lay [​IMG]
     
  3. ella

    ella Chillin' With My Peeps

    It's an all purpose call when they get excited.

    If they've spotted land predators, if they hear someone else start up, after they've layed an egg, if they see someone else lay or just get into a nest, if they think they might lay in the future.. I swear if a picture of an egg pops into their head they'll sing. [​IMG]
     
  4. lindseythefork

    lindseythefork Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My buff orpington is around 18 weeks and she's been doing that lately, too. I thought for sure that an egg would be produced but still nothing so far.
     
  5. sheeshshe

    sheeshshe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:ahhh, see this is very helpful! Thank you!! I thought for sure they were doing it once before because of the blue jays... so yes... predators they'll do it. anything that makes them excited. Very good information, thank you!!

    So they can do this in preparation for egg laying for a few weeks prior, yes? because she's been doing it almost daily now so perhaps she's gearing up in a few weeks. her wattles are bright red and they've grown a ton this past week. [​IMG]
     
  6. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    Mine sing their egg song and whine too. [​IMG]
     

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