something i"ve never seen before

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by triley, Oct 26, 2010.

  1. triley

    triley New Egg

    Jul 5, 2010
    lawrence ks,
    this may be an odd question ,but a few weeks ago a farmer told me that he had too many hens and wanted to know if i wanted any . When i went to pick them up he was in his coop putting his fingers in there rear ends , and told me thats how to tell if they are still laying or not? Is this true or not , I'm new to raising chickens and this just seems a little odd. Thanks for the help Troy
  2. S*T*A*R

    S*T*A*R Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 3, 2010
    Um... i've never heard of anything like that... and it seems to me you would be invading some personal space!
  3. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Well, measuring the vent is one way to tell if a hen is laying or not, but one normally doesn't penetrate the vent!

    Ewwwww. Ewwwww. Please bring those poor hens home with you, quickly. *shuddering*
  4. ThePolishPrincess

    ThePolishPrincess Chillin' With My Peeps

    People around here do it, too. Old farmer types. I made a thread a few weeks ago asking if that was...ehem...proper... [​IMG] ...and was told that that probably wasn't the best idea. Measuring the distance between the pubic bones ('under' the vent) is much more sanitary and still works pretty well. But yes, people do this...I don't think I have the stomach for it, honestly. And I'm sure the hen wouldn't thank me for it, either.
  5. maizey

    maizey Chillin' With My Peeps

    i believe it was james herriot that said something along the lines of "you can learn more up a cow's arse than in any number of books and schools" but I don't know about chickens...(james herriot, by the way, is a must read for any farmer, animal lover, wanna be farmer, vet, wanna be vet or anyone who wants to laugh, cry and just loves a darn good story or two)
  6. kakayona

    kakayona Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 22, 2009
    ahh....thats gross. was he wearing gloves?????????[​IMG]

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