How do you tell if a chicken is laying or not?
To tell if the hen is laying eggs, feel gently around the vent, as Mike explains. The area will feel inflated when the hen is in lay. If the area feels taut or the bird looks unwell, she may not be laying and may have an illness such as egg peritonitis.
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How do chickens Act when laying eggs?
The pre-laying behavior of domestic chickens is similar for most hens. Before laying, a hen shows restlessness and begins to look for a nest, poking her head into the nest boxes provided. Between nest examinations, she typically resumes other behavior she had been performingeating, preening, sleeping, and so on.