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Old 07-26-2012, 05:08 PM   #1
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I would like some logical explanations for why hens cackle when they lay an egg. Some imaginary answers would be good too.



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Old 07-26-2012, 07:09 PM   #2
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I can imagine they are probubly either 1) in pain from trying to push that huge thing out or 2) proud they pushed that huge thing out lol .



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Old 07-26-2012, 07:15 PM   #3
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Some imaginary answers would be good too.
Not being a woman I have no first hand experience but if I understand the process, pushing out a young one can be rather painful. Maybe that's a chickens way of crying out in pain.
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I have no clue as to way ... lol

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Misery loves company. Since she's in misery she's gonna make sure everyone else is too! lol

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Old 07-27-2012, 06:23 AM   #6
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I have always told the kids it was a victory dance, when they strut around and cackle after they lay an egg.
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Old 07-27-2012, 05:32 PM   #7
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Mine must be goofy! Most of them cackle with no egg in sight and not a single hen in the nest box either.

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I agree with 7chicks. Mine seem to when they can't find the others or think one of the others is laying my thought was cheering/encouraging them on. Idk I'm new to this.

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I've heard my cluck.. No cackles yet. I guess they do it for the egg.

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Funny because my free ranging hens just recently started to lay their eggs on my backporch chairs. So now I can actually hear them right after they lay their eggs. My kids (twins aged 19) asked me just yesterday why do they cluck so loud after they lay an egg and I said, "because their so proud and want to yell it from the rooftops!"
If their is a scientific reason I would love to know it but if it is because their in pain from "laboring" an egg, well, then, I will just go with the proud story! hahaha



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