Will they cackle all day, plus other questions.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by momofchicks, Aug 1, 2008.

  1. momofchicks

    momofchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So still new to the chicken farming and have 17 weeks olds, hopefully ready to lay soon. I keep hearing about them announcing they have laid. Do I need to keep the windows open, is it just as they finish? Do they do it all day. Do all the hens go to look at it like a prize? My Dominique has been squatting for 2 weeks now only when I touch her, do they squat without anyone touching them when it's time? Help I want more clues. [​IMG] I can't stand the wait. Thanks
     
  2. keljonma

    keljonma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 12, 2007
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    They start the squat when they are getting nearer to egg laying. It is a show of submission or readiness for the rooster.

    Our ladies (1year olds, 2 year olds+) cackle constantly. The cackles all sound a little different. But range from HEY! I've laid an egg! HEY! There's someone in my favorite nest box! HEY! A hummingbird just startled me! HEY! A loud tractor just drove by! And sometimes they cackle together, like a choor rehearsing. [​IMG]

    My grandparents raised chickens. I was told the hen will cackle as she leaves the nest so that a predator would follow her and leave her egg alone.
     
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  3. momofchicks

    momofchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Okay, but do they squat by theirselves or only when someone touches them? The cackle story is funny [​IMG] .
    Thanks
     
  4. muddler6

    muddler6 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You don't need to run out the second they lay an egg, just plan on checking a minimum of once a day to see if there are eggs there, more often if you can. Waiting on that first one is like the old "a watched pot never boils" deal. It will happen and it will be a surprise. They may not even make a sound when they lay an egg. I have gone out to check, done some work around the run for a few minutes, put something back in the coop and there is a FRESH warm egg in there, and not any announcement of the hen of any kind. Patience, it will happen!!!
     
  5. keljonma

    keljonma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 12, 2007
    8A East Texas
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  6. dangerouschicken

    dangerouschicken Will Barter For Coffee

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    Don't worry, when they come out, you will go and find one, and it will be like, "Oh NEAT!" Within a week you'll be taking them for granted like, "Oh another egg. Whatever. [​IMG] "

    It's true! [​IMG]
     

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