Red means eggs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by NickyPick, Jun 22, 2011.

  1. NickyPick

    NickyPick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've been noticing that my Wyandottes look really red on their combs, wattles and around the eyes. Then, after a few minutes of perching on me, most of the red fades to a pinkish tan. What's with the color change? Will they start laying when the red doesn't fade anymore?
     
  2. shakenbake

    shakenbake Out Of The Brooder

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    I would guess they're going to lay soon, do they squat when you pet their backs? That's a sure sign. I'm not sure about the color change.
     
  3. NickyPick

    NickyPick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No squatting, but two of them have started perching on me at bedtime, settle down on my arm and coo whilie I'm petting them. They didn't use to like being touched at all.
     
  4. NickyPick

    NickyPick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No one else has anything to add??
     
  5. Lollipop

    Lollipop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:The colored face is a sure indication that they will lay soon. As for squatting, in my limited experience of 53 years, I can tell ya that more hens do not squat for humans than hens that do. A little trivia for ya, when they start to lay, you can tell the ones that are laying by feeling the pelvic bones under the vent. You don`t have to get your fingers dirty, the bones are UNDER the vent. Generally, the bones will spread on a laying pullet allowing 2-3 fingertips to be placed between the bones on a standard pullet. Varies with egg size. A non layer will have room for only one fingertip. Ain`t chickens fun?.........Pop
     
  6. sheaviance1

    sheaviance1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The color change you are noticing will continue after they begin laying. I've noticed mine go super bright red when they are too hot or excited.
     

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