Why do hens sing the egg song after laying?

Here below is a sample of one of my hens singing her “victory” song. This is Connie…

Now from what I’ve researched on ole Uncle Google and Aunt YouTube there are 4 reasons but the main one is she is letting the BOSS ROOSTER know she’s done. Now, sometimes the rooster joins in and even dances around then proceeds to mate her. I have yet to witness any of this personally but kind of looking forward to the dancing show.

So, I began to think what IF there was no ROOSTER in the flock. Would the hen still sing? So yes, according to my research because of the “other reasonings”.

Secondly, the hypothesis is the hen is distracting predators. I wasn’t quite sure about this one it seems to me that this would draw them. So I researched that one out as well and what I found does make sense. They MAY do it as a DISTRACTION. She may be making a noise to fool predators into thinking the nest is not where it actually is Or drawing attention away from hens still laying and vulnerable in the nest.

Third and the coolest one to me is she is letting the rest of the flock know. Kind of an “I’m done with the box. Who’s next?”. Pretty cool, huh? So maybe chickens aren’t really the peckers they’re known to be. (See what I did there?) Ok. I’m done with the lame jokes. LOL or am I?

Fourth and I like this one, too. Pride. Need I say more? This is the one that I’ve always believed it to be or at the least RELIEF, lol. As if saying, “Thank God that thing is out of me”. On the MOST serious side chickens can get EGGBOUND so if you have chickens be mindful and alert to watch for this. It can kill them.

The sound the hen makes is a “bock-bock-bock-buckkkkket” sound. It is repeated for quite the show. It is said that it can last upwards of 15 minutes after laying an egg.

Author: Tillettville Beauty Homestead

New chicken Momma for a year now. I share what I learn as I go. Gardening in raised beds and planting orchards for our future generations to come. I love BEAUTY not only in beauty business but NATURE. I love watching the animals and birds on our little 5 acres. Subscribe here to my blog and to my YouTube channel for videos of our crazy but very blessed life. I'm a natural born cheer leader! I have a passion for living life to the fullest!! My name is Tammy Nall Tillett and I'm a Silver Ambassador and President's Club member with Avon, a beauty blogger and an up and coming new homesteader. I am married to Johnny Tillett and he of course is my business partner. In 2019 I became a National leader with Avon.

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