What are the Symtoms of a Hen Ready to Lay???

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chicklin, Oct 3, 2009.

  1. chicklin

    chicklin Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi all !!!! I have a hen that was in a nestbox picking up strands of hay with her beak (perhaps fluffing up the nest?) Is this a sign that she is ready to lay, or is she just curious about the nestbox? Or is she possibly going broody? The hen is about 4 months old. Thanks!!!!!!!
     
  2. Cockadoodledon't

    Cockadoodledon't Chillin' With My Peeps

    She is about the right age to start laying....
    She could be curious....
    Keep an eye on her and see if you catch her sitting the nest for any length of time.
     
  3. fshinggrl

    fshinggrl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Red comb & waddles. Squatting. Egg song

    What you describe is great too!
     
  4. chicklin

    chicklin Out Of The Brooder

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    This may be a silly question, but... What do you mean by squatting?
     
  5. Babe77

    Babe77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Also curious on the squatting?
     
  6. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This may be a silly question, but... What do you mean by squatting?

    Not a silly question, just new vocabulary--silly questions are what I ask when I have to have my teenager explain all the abbreviations in a text message.


    Squatting is what they do when you walk up to them they kinda push themselves toward the ground--squat. It's what they do when the roos mate with them, but they'll do it when their dominant chicken (you) gets close too. Not all of mine do this though. I think the reddening of the comb and wattles is the best indicator.​
     
  7. Cockadoodledon't

    Cockadoodledon't Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Tell me more about "egg song" :eek:) [​IMG]
     
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  8. Babe77

    Babe77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Tell me more about "egg song" :eek:)



     
  9. eekgads

    eekgads Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, Babe77, for the links! The 2 videos definitely demo "egg song" very well! (I didn't know there was a term for that particular vocalization! [​IMG] )
     
  10. Cockadoodledon't

    Cockadoodledon't Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yes...thank you.
     

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