I have 21 week old chickens. Are there any signs I should look for that will tell me they are getting ready to lay
Thanks. I do free range. Are you saying they will lay somewhere on the property and not in the nest boxes?? I sure hope not.Apyl said:The hens will squat when you come close, their combs will redden, and they will walk back and forth in and out of the coop or nesting boxes and back like as if she knows something will be happening soon. She may even sit in a nesting box but not lay. If you free range you may not notice the pacing or the may just simply find a hiding spot to lay.
Yes, instincts tell the chickens to lay somewhere safe. Which when free ranging is somewhere hidden, and believe me they hide good! Some people put fake eggs in their nest boxes to encourage hens to lay in the boxes. I've never done that. When I know a hen is laying , mainly because I hear her doing the egg song I pen her up so she has access to the coop and she figures out to lay inside. I only usually have to do this a few days , it seems once they lay in the box once they continue to go back. Now I do have a couple stubborn Lakenvelders that absolutely refuse to lay in the coop unless penned , the problem is they are very flighty so fly out . I just let them lay where ever, since they both are heading to freezer camp in a few weeks.Thanks. I do free range. Are you saying they will lay somewhere on the property and not in the nest boxes?? I sure hope not.