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Vent and egg laying question

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by lilshadow, Jan 20, 2008.

  1. lilshadow

    lilshadow Songster

    Jan 8, 2008
    Milaca, MN
    Okay, I am reading that some of you folks are checking the vents on your hens....Here are my questions: What does the vent look like or suppose to look like when the hen is getting ready to lay? Is this something I need to check? Why do you look at the vent? I am reading that a chicken will lay 1 egg a day. If they don't lay 1 egg a day is this something I need to worry about? Alrighty then, I think that about does it for me and my questions. Thanks for the help...where can I find info on this subject?
  2. jab91864

    jab91864 Songster

    Apr 3, 2007
    Northern Michigan
    Some breeds don't lay everyday , and as always each chicken is different in it's own right so I wouldn't worry if I didn't get an egg everyday.

    Myself I don't have time to flip all the hens over to check the vent...lol. Although I do look at the back ends out of habit as they are mulling about ...just in case someone has a prolapse.

    I think if I were a chicken and somebody kept flipping me round about to check the back end it would make me nervous...lol.

    I've heard a lot of folks trim vent feathers on some of the gals with big cushions...like cochins, to help fertility possibilities.

    Julie [​IMG]
  3. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

    Oct 13, 2007
    Oh do we want to start the VENT thread again? LOL
    (Please don't ask for pictures!)

    All I know is when they're laying hens - the vent is moist and soft "looking" when they're NOT laying its dry.
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2008
  4. lilshadow

    lilshadow Songster

    Jan 8, 2008
    Milaca, MN
    Quote:Cool thanks that's all I needed to know.

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