I tried to find a topic on this searching but I couldnt think of the right words or was too broad so sorry if this is a common question! What are the signs of a hen that is about to lay the first egg?? I dont mean RIGHT before and they are loud and frantic, thats obvious. But I think I remember reading that their combs get red or something. What else is something that is common to tell you that they should be about ready to lay? I noticed my SLW's comb and waddles got so red and big in a matter of a day or two! I am hoping this is saying she is getting closer to that time and not that she may be a he. *gasp* She and her sister, who has a very light pink, very small comb and no waddles.... are 17 or 18 weeks.