- Apr 12, 2017
I got two 3-4 month old Red Sexlink pullets last week. The person I got them from said they were 17 weeks, but my hunch is they were closer to 12-13 weeks due to size, light colored combs and wattles, etc. However, tonight one of them was acting odd. She dug into the dust bath, but then looked uncomfortable in it. Kept changing positions, moving from side to side, looked like she was using her abdominal muscles quite a bit. She then got up and tried snuggling with the other pullet (who was free-ranging and had no interested in snuggling), would lay down and get back up...generally restless. She also had about 5 bowel movements over an hour, hour-and-a-half period. Is this stress behavior or are the laying instincts starting to kick in?