Why is she acting like that?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by senorita05, Jan 5, 2014.

  1. senorita05

    senorita05 Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm still new to this, so any input would be helpful. So I have been raising a hen and a rooster for about 5-6 months and they are probably 6-7 months old. Today I woke up to my hen cawing non-stop, walking around frantically and continuously pecking on the outside glass door. In the time I have raised her, she has never behaved like this and is still yet to lay eggs. So I separated her from the rooster, put her in a box filled with grass shavings because I think she may be about to lay eggs. Has anyone else experienced this? If so did I do the right thing? Is she about to lay eggs? Is this classical behaviour before laying eggs?
     
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    senorita05 Out Of The Brooder

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    Never mind. She just laid her first egg :)
     
  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    I was going to say that they get vocal when they are ready to lay their first egg. But she beat me to it. [​IMG] Congrats!
     
  4. senorita05

    senorita05 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you. I heard that some hens get vocal after they lay their egg but she was quiet. It wasn't until I took her out of the box she started getting vocal. But once she got outside both my hen and rooster looked much happier to see each other and have been frolicking around the backyard the whole day :)
     
  5. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    They get vocal right before they are going to lay an egg. And they pace back and forth to the coop.
     
  6. 3chickchicks

    3chickchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a Dominique who makes some of the most horrible noises before laying. DH jokes that she is saying, "I need to lay an egg...DON'T LOOK AT ME!! I need to lay an egg...DON'T LOOK AT ME!!!"
     
  7. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

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    When my girls started laying, the BSL would stand outside the box when an other pullet was laying an egg. She'd sing the egg song before and after every egg she laid, she'd sing the egg song before and after any one else laid an egg, she'd sing the egg song if she was even thinking about laying an egg, and she'd sing the egg song if the rest of the girls got out of her sight. Amazing how some girls can make it such a community event. I have one EE who will stand outside the nest while her buddy lays an egg then she will climb in the nest for a little while and cuddle with the egg.
     
  8. DLV58

    DLV58 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I also have a girl that sings for everyone
     
  9. kelck22

    kelck22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you only have one hen?
     
  10. senorita05

    senorita05 Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes at the moment I have only a black sex link hen and an amber/red sex link rooster. But tomorrow I'm hoping to purchase 2 more and add them to the flock :)
     

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