Pre-Egg-Laying Behaviors?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Atomic Ranch, Sep 15, 2011.

  1. Atomic Ranch

    Atomic Ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What are they, in your experience?

    My Delawares began to lay about a week ago, with no noticeable pomp or circumstance. Just flirting with the cochin roo. The others (2 RIR, 1 Party Rock, 2 leghorns, 1 NH, 2 EE, 1 BO) are occasionally puffed, panting, vocal (including egg songs), and the Rock is seemingly lethargic today-- under the coop, sitting, backside puffed. Perhaps a small amount of intestinal shed poo as well. She'll get up and move if I approach her though, so she's not injured. Anything out of the ordinary here?

    I know there are other threads that contain this information, but perhaps a list of sorts for all of us doing this for the first time and with birds about 20 weeks [​IMG]
     
  2. Atomic Ranch

    Atomic Ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Should I worry about her, or is this normal because she's starting to lay?
     
  3. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

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    Behavior changes I've observed are:

    Squatting
    checking out coop, nesting areas
    extra clucking, not quite the egg song
    friendly/needy, they really don't know what's up but something is happening to their bodies.
     
  4. Omah09

    Omah09 Out Of The Brooder

    My EE girls are almost 22 weeks and have been acting different for the past few weeks. They are more vocal and flighty and bossy. None of them have even checked out the nest boxes though. Please give me a sign that I'll get eggs soon.[​IMG]
     
  5. real_redhead

    real_redhead Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My EE, you never know when she is laying an egg except for the fact that she is in a nesting box, and the same goes for another who I have no idea what breed she is. But my red sex link sounds as if she is being attacked before she lays an egg, lots of pacing, in and out of the coop and so forth. I think each girl has her own personality!!
     
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  6. Atomic Ranch

    Atomic Ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I've noticed the Delawares don't run away, yes! More friendly. All of them seem to be transitional, for sure.
     
  7. Atomic Ranch

    Atomic Ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I have two EEs that don't show any sign yet, but they're 19 weeks. The Delawares didn't really check out the box before laying either. I had no idea they were working up to it! The firsts were in the run and in the corner of the coop. After golf-balling the box, they do it in there now. Yours should be gearing up to be little feathery egg factories, no doubt! [​IMG]
     
  8. Atomic Ranch

    Atomic Ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Maybe that's it. I dunno... This has GOT to be old hat to most of you, and I'm likely overreacting. She's just a bit antisocial is all. By herself, sitting. All the others run over for treats but she didn't today. Plenty of energy if approached though! I guess I'll see how she is in the morning.

    Do the roos get more protective? When I picked up the Rock to look at her, my BO roo paid very close attention.
     
  9. Atomic Ranch

    Atomic Ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She's still lethargic, drinking a lot but not munching much. If this continues or worsens, I'll post on the other forum.

    At any rate, they're otherwise ALL so spirited, talkative, and excited about the goings-on. They must just "know" they're changing!
     
  10. afj6710

    afj6710 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Poor baby! I almost hate to post because I don't have any helpful advice but I didn't want to read and run. Hope everything is ok with her! [​IMG]
     

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