Is she faking?
Elderly hen may just be pretending to lay, says Michelle Dunn
When a hen lays an egg, she calls out to the world when she has finished and comes out of the nestbox. At this point she is sexually receptive, so the cockerel drops whatever he is doing and rushes over to her to mate with her. He will often wait outside the nestbox until she emerges, so eager is he to be there just at the right time. Is is possible that Grumpy doesn’t want to lose this attention, and so pretends to lay eggs even when she hasn’t? Or is it simply habit - she is so used to spending a comfortable 20 minutes in the nestbox that she does it regardless of whether she needs to lay, and calls when she leaves the nestbox just to find out where the other chickens are?
I really don’t know. But when I look at all the wrinklereducing creams on the supermarket shelf I do wonder. People pretend to be younger than they are - why not chickens?
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