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The pre-egg song?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by navasima, Oct 24, 2011.

  1. navasima

    navasima Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I brought home a 1 year old Samo/sex link cross today. She was with rather (ahem) overzealous roosters and as a result looks alot like a Skeksis (sp? Dark Crystal...). Anyway.....she was bawking around and fussing - just like my Leghorn before she lays - she picked out "her" nest box and got all ready, bedding on her back and all, sat there for about 10 min. and came out of the box bawking up a storm!...nothing....she got back in the box a minute later, jumped out a minute after that - totally quiet - and there was a nice, large, light brown egg. So - a pre-egg song, but not post egg? Is this just the norm for some hens?
    Thanks for any input...
     
  2. Beaker Duck

    Beaker Duck BYC's CUTE Travelling Mascot

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    Yep, for some that is normal. Each chicken is totoally different- some don't sing the egg song, as they find it a boring chore. Others make a bigg fuss so that the others can hear because they want the others to STAY AWAY (LOL). And then you have those that need an audience, because they are drama queens. If they stat singing the egg song, and the others don't come running, they will go back out and find the others, and demand they come watch!
    And then there are the ones that sing like they are laying a double yolker-- and it's all a false alarm!
     
  3. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    debs_flock Overrun With Chickens

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    My leghorn always sings before and after. My barred rock, never makes a sound at all.

    Deb
     
  5. LT

    LT Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just like Deb said. I have one girl who could alert the whole valley with her production, pre- and post-, but two of my EE's never make a "peep."
     
  6. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    I cannot always tell if the "call" is fear, nervousness, an intruder alert, sense of abandonment, "get out of the box, I need to use it", or egg laying related.
     
  7. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

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    I only have EEs laying and they sound like children are being tortured most of the time. It's not really an egg song, more like an opera with an egg somewhere in it.
     
  8. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

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    Fred's Hens :

    I cannot always tell if the "call" is fear, nervousness, an intruder alert, sense of abandonment, "get out of the box, I need to use it", or egg laying related.

    x2 and [​IMG] so true​
     
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  9. 9Catsz

    9Catsz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:LOLOLOL! [​IMG][​IMG]
     
  10. daver

    daver Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Fred's Hens :

    I cannot always tell if the "call" is fear, nervousness, an intruder alert, sense of abandonment, "get out of the box, I need to use it", or egg laying related.

    I can't tell either, however Sunday morning the whole flock was going off and it sounded like the danger signal. W ent out, walked around the pen, nothing. Went in and checked the coop, nothing.

    Later, heard it again. Went out to check. One hen on the single nest, two waiting in line and the rest in the run, all singing the egg song.

    This went on for three hours, sheesh, such drama.


    Dave​
     

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