does laying eggs hurt birds

Does laying an egg feel like human labor and birth?

An egg’s laying process differs greatly from human labor and childbirth. In comparison to a woman’s pelvis, a baby’s body and head are enormous in humans. Thus, labor takes a human woman nine hours on average. Every thousand babies have heads that are too big to be delivered naturally, necessitating c-sections.

However, if you watch the aforementioned video of a chicken laying an egg, you will witness how quickly the egg is actually laid. My hens appear to be merely lounging around in the next box until the very last minute or two when I watch them lay. The egg then drops out as they push and stand up.

Additionally, I’ve attempted to gauge how uncomfortable the hens are while laying by offering them a treat of scrambled eggs in the palm of my hand—yes, chickens enjoy eating eggs—while they’re in the nesting box. They will merrily eat from my hand for the final thirty to sixty seconds of their life. This is how quickly the egg can be pushed out.

And they are once again ready to eat as soon as the egg drops.

When a hen is extremely upset, she usually doesn’t want to eat—not even treats. This leads me to believe that, if the egg-laying process is uncomfortable, the pain might only occur in the final moments or so.

Factors that may affect the degree of pain during egg laying

Egg laying may be painful for young chickens. For some of them, it seems to be at the very least uncomfortable. They make a wheezy, gasping sound that seems to be an expression of discomfort as they struggle to push the egg out.

And some chickens even squeak when the egg comes out. Watch the video below to see a cute little Sultan hen who squeaks when she finally drops her egg and makes the wheezy noise while she is laying.

Furthermore, a lot of young hens might lay an egg with some blood on it or drip a few drops of blood from their vents. Later on in the day, you might even discover some blood in their excrement. This could mean that the egg’s passage was uncomfortable or painful.

A chicken’s vent will expand as she lays more eggs, making it much more comfortable for her to lay. Numerous hens have hopped into the nest box, laid an egg seemingly effortlessly, and then hopped back out to continue with their day.

The likelihood that a chicken will experience pain and discomfort during egg-laying increases with egg size.

Many of my young chickens have laid double yolk eggs. When a hen’s ovary releases two yolks in a brief period of time, they unite to form a single, larger egg shell. Occasionally, I come across an egg that seems unusually large, and I wonder if it was difficult to lay.

Vegetable skewers can last the entire day. Vegetables are high nutrition, but relatively low calorie. If the vegetables are still fresh enough, you can chop those that are left on the skewer and/or combine them with other veggies to make a mixed skewer of chopped vegetables for dinner. Sprinkle with pellets or driedgreens. Feed outside the cage or take out all of the food before going to bed if you feed inside the cage. Once she goes to bed, take out all of the food from the cage, including the skewers and foraging bowls.

Provide more quiet sleep time. Provide at least 12 hours of sleep. If she is still tending to lay eggs, try 13. To promote sound sleep, use a cage cover, adequate lighting during the day (so that she wakes up fully and is tired when it’s time for bed), and nature sounds (nature music CDs, like Tropical Night, are great).

A healthy bird on an optimal diet might be able to continue producing some eggs without suffering any significant damage. But when it comes to captive pet birds, it can also become an obsession because the eggs don’t hatch and the entire cycle is allowed to finish, which disables the hormone that triggers the birds to lay eggs.

Manage the lighting to prevent her from believing that it is breeding season. Because incandescent lighting denotes summer and breeding season, it promotes egg laying. Basically, it is too red. Change to lighting with a temperature between 5000K and 5700K (K stands for Kelvin). The temperature indicates how much red is in the light. Finding LED bulbs in the right Kelvin range is simpler than finding incandescent ones. LED lights with temperatures up to 5700 Kelvin or 5000 Kelvin are available for purchase. You can also arrange her environment to simulate shorter days. Set full-spectrum lighting to only run for roughly ten hours during the midday.

When petting your bird, avoid giving her mixed signals and never touch her below the neck. Your bird may experience a hormonal reaction if you touch its underside, lower back, or abdomen because it may believe you are trying to mate with it. Birds in the wild only make contact beneath the neck during courtship and preparations for a return. This limited petting to light scratching of the head, neck, and upper body


Does it hurt when birds lay eggs?

The good news is that most experts believe it is usually not painful for a chicken to lay eggs. Others believe it may be a little uncomfortable, without being anywhere close to the pain other animals (including humans) experience during childbirth.

Is it bad for my bird to lay eggs?

Chronic egg-laying may lead to malnutrition from the chronic depletion of calcium from the body for the production of eggshells. In time, calcium depletion may result in egg binding (see handout “Egg Binding in Birds”).

Is it painful for Eagles to lay eggs?

Males often ramp up food gifts and females may spend a long period of time on the nest immediately before laying their first egg. Female eagles chirp softly and appear to feel some discomfort during egg-laying, although we don’t know how painful or uncomfortable it is.

How do birds act when they lay eggs?

If you try to reach into her cage, she may act protective, vocalizing and backing into a corner. Many types of birds will spend time on the floor of the cage instead of hanging out on the perches. Right before the egg is released, your pet may have larger, smellier droppings.