When they start laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by aquagolda, Aug 8, 2013.

  1. aquagolda

    aquagolda Chillin' With My Peeps

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    when do chickens usually start laying I heard in between the ages 16 weeks to 26 weeks is that correct any tips advice or comments would be great:)!
     
  2. chickenlver2013

    chickenlver2013 Chillin' With My Peeps

    they will lay when they get ready. Usually before they start to lay they will sing the "egg song" and when there comb gets really red. They will also tend to squat when they get ready to lay. Look for signs like squatting, "egg song" and watch for the redness in the comb.
     
  3. aquagolda

    aquagolda Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ok I have seen squatting but what's the egg song?
     
  4. chickenlver2013

    chickenlver2013 Chillin' With My Peeps

    the egg song... I don't really know how to describe it. They make this really loud repetitive noise over and over constantly. They sound like they're singing kind of.
     
  5. Mrs Rebecca

    Mrs Rebecca Out Of The Brooder

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    In my opinion, the egg song doesn't sound like a song at all. Or, maybe my girls just aren't great singers. To me, the egg song sounds like a lot of squawking. At first I thought they were making an alarm call or being upset. It is definitely different than their quieter more normal sounds. You never know how long it may take for a hen to lay. My friend has 12 buff orpingtons, 23 - 24 weeks old and 6 of them are laying. 2 of them have been laying for 3 weeks. She treats them all the same, and got them all at the same place. They just are each individual and mature at different rates. Waiting is hard. Hang in there!
     
  6. aquagolda

    aquagolda Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ok thanks Im not sure if they have sang the song yet but I think some have been squawking more than usual but not too, too much
     
  7. Gramma5

    Gramma5 Out Of The Brooder

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    The egg song just sounds like whining chickens to me. I've been yelling out the kitchen window that they had better start making eggs with all that racket going on. Now they are giving me eggs, I can't complain about the noise anymore, lol.
     
  8. aggiemae

    aggiemae Chillin' With My Peeps

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    egg song: ...yes some chiccken do sing better than other.
     
  9. Studio2770

    Studio2770 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My 18-19 week old leghorn just laid the first egg today. Here's the egg song, I couldn't put my video of her on here so here's one from Youtube.
     
  10. aquagolda

    aquagolda Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks
     

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