The Pre and Post Egg Song

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by palochknldy, Jul 27, 2010.

  1. palochknldy

    palochknldy Chirping

    Jun 7, 2010
    Palo, Iowa
    I was lucky enough to be around before, during and after egg laying. Just thought I'd share this with you and you enjoy it as much as I did. I recorded the RIR the next day on my cell phone and now have it as my ring tone.

    Mrs. Poon before laying an egg

    Mrs. Poon rejoicing after laying an egg
    Last edited: Jul 27, 2010

  2. MoSo

    MoSo In the Wild Plum Yonder

    I think your privacy setting are either set to "Friends" or "Friends of friends" so that the world at large can't hear these...
  3. The Lisser

    The Lisser Songster

    yeah, I couldn't access it either - would love to hear it though! I've never witnessed an "egg song".

    Would you let us know if you change your settings so we can access it?

    [​IMG] Melissa
  4. palochknldy

    palochknldy Chirping

    Jun 7, 2010
    Palo, Iowa
    Sorry, trying to figure out how to post it so everyone can see. I'll keep trying.
  5. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Anybody that would like to hear an Egg Song, PM me your E-MAIL address, and I'll send you my Rebecca's 3 minute Egg Song from my phone.
  6. palochknldy

    palochknldy Chirping

    Jun 7, 2010
    Palo, Iowa
    I just changed my link from the first post. Click on it and it will take you to youtube where I posted it. Enjoy!!
    Last edited: Jul 27, 2010
  7. sheaviance1

    sheaviance1 Songster

    Apr 7, 2010
    DUMB question, do they practice singing this for weeks prior to laying their first egg? I have a black Australorp who sings these songs randomly all day long. I don't get excited anymore when I hear it, instead turning towards the coop and screaming LIAR!! (I love my chickens, but the first egg wait is excruciatingly painful!!!!)

    ETA ~ Thank you for posting these songs. I thought that is what I had been hearing from my girls, but wasn't sure!!
    Last edited: Jul 28, 2010

  8. elmo

    elmo Songster

    May 23, 2009
    Last month's Backyard Poultry magazine had an interesting article theorizing about the meaning of the egg song. Essentially, the author posits that the egg song is a variant of an alarm call. The idea is that sitting on a nest to lay puts the hen in a vulnerable position. So before she goes to sit, she sings this song to get the whole flock on alert. Any predators around here? Flush 'em out!

    When she comes off the nest, she is vulnerable because she's been in there spaced out for a while. Similarly, she puts the whole flock on alert for danger.

    I thought it was an interesting theory, and I've been watching my flock when they sing with this theory in mind. It seems to fit, because when they sing they do also seem to be looking around alertly.
  9. bakerjw

    bakerjw Songster

    Apr 14, 2010
    Johnson City, Tn
    Oh goodness. We love the "egg song" One of our Sebrights was doing it the other day. Our TSC pullets do it fairly regularly too.
  10. TyrannosaurusChix

    TyrannosaurusChix Songster

    Jul 13, 2010
    Savannah, NY
    its so fun to hear songs coming from outside! sometimes the rooster will stomp around like his hair is on fire LOL

    hahaha mrs. POON.. there is a name for the books!

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