Signs of chicken laying first eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by thinkyesi, Oct 24, 2016.

  1. thinkyesi

    thinkyesi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 24, 2016
    So this year is my first year having backyard chickies. So im learning as i go. I have a barred rock that is around 5 1/2 months old, i always read and hear that she should start laying soon. This morning when i went to pet her and pick her up she squated opening her wings and started flicking her tail up and down. What does that mean? My other chickie doesnt do that, they are the same age.
    Last edited: Oct 24, 2016
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    That behavior is the desire to breed. Since you don't have a rooster, they do that for their caretaker. They rarely do that if a rooster is present.

    Combs and wattles getting larger and redder is one sign that laying will be soon.
    Checking the space between the pointy pelvic bones is more definitive. There should be 2 or more finger width space between those bones. Until that is the case, an egg can't pass.

    In spring and early summer, commencement of lay is likely around 5-5 1/2 months due to days getting longer.
    Birds approaching POL after summer solstice usually take longer.
    I have 3 pullets that just hit 6 months and aren't laying yet. After having a couple pullets die from egg binding about 6 years ago, I'm not overly anxious for them to start. The more mature they are at onset, the better.
  3. In my experience Pullets will show signs of coming into lay a month before laying....Red combs, wattles plus they get bigger....They start looking in nest boxes and will squat......She sounds to be almost ready....

    Congrats when you get that Egg....

  4. Blooie

    Blooie Team Spina Bifida Premium Member

    Feb 25, 2014
    Northwestern Wyoming
    My Coop
    My experience has been a little "off." <sigh> Around here the first sign of egglaying is finding an egg. My girls have fooled me so many times over the past years that I have ended up with more egg on my face than on my plate.

    For me, it's a matter of watching them relentlessly for weeks...every twitch, every movement...waiting and waiting for a pullet to lay an egg. But then I get in the car to run a few errands and come back to a first pullet egg in the nest. After that it's a matter of watching them relentlessly for weeks.....every twitch, every movement....waiting and waiting to see which pullet DID lay the mystery egg. [​IMG][​IMG]
  5. country girl44

    country girl44 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 13, 2016
    Country Side
    I noticed my girls were getting ready to start laying eggs, cause they started picking out there nesting area. and sure enough it's been 6 days since they started laying and I now have a dozen eggs. And all my girls squat all the time too. but i just pet them and they walk away.

  6. thinkyesi

    thinkyesi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 24, 2016

    So i checked her pelvic bone area and i fit 2 fingers, does that mean soon she will start laying?
  7. thinkyesi

    thinkyesi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 24, 2016
    Oh wow thats awesome! Thanks for the info and for sharing that picture!

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