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squawking while laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by aitchbe, Jan 30, 2008.

  1. aitchbe

    aitchbe Out Of The Brooder

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    One of my girls makes ALOT of noise when she's laying, sort of like the alarm sound they make when there is a predator in the yard. Is she in pain? It sounds like she's having a hard time and this is a newer behavior. It's really loud, so I don't like the idea that it will be a daily thing that could disturb the neighbors and more importantly, that she could be having some kind of trouble passing the egg. Is there anything I can do? Is this normal behavior?
     
  2. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    All of mine were quite loud when they first began to lay; after about 5-6 eggs, they quieted down.
     
  3. aitchbe

    aitchbe Out Of The Brooder

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    They've been laying for over two months and the squawking just started a week or so ago. ???
     
  4. okiechick57

    okiechick57 Chillin' With My Peeps

    well.the eggs are probably getting bigger and firmer......I squawked more when my kids got bigger and bigger [​IMG]
     
  5. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Some of them do raise a ruckus when they lay.
     
  6. Wooden_Pony

    Wooden_Pony Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine make a fuss too. Once one starts squaking the others join in. We just call it the egg laying noise. [​IMG]
     
  7. aitchbe

    aitchbe Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok. I wondered if it was just the size thing. I've added oyster shell to the feed because i was getting some eggs with barely a shell holding the egg in. Maybe I should back off a bit on the ratio? Do their vents ever "dry out"? or need moisturizing? it seems like a wierd thing to do but I don't want them to be in pain everyday.
     
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  8. Wooden_Pony

    Wooden_Pony Chillin' With My Peeps

    They are not in pain, it is just a call they make.

    I keep oyster shell in their pen all the time. They only eat what they need/when they need the oyster shells.
     
  9. WESTPALMPOULTRYMAN15

    WESTPALMPOULTRYMAN15 Out Of The Brooder

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    mine are very loud when they lay its not really hurting them extremly just imagen a woman giving birth thats just what its like there fine there giving the other hens a warning not to mess with them becase she is laying an egg;)[​IMG]
     
  10. Churkenduse

    Churkenduse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I read in a book that when they are in the wild they usually go off and lay by themselves. When they do this the others tend to wander off, so when they lay, it is instinct, they squawk as if to say hey I am over here laying my eggs, don't leave me

    Sounds nice, I like that....[​IMG] [​IMG]
     

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