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Hi All,

Yesterday two of my pullets were doing something I haven't seen before. They were walking a few steps squatting down, seeming like they were off balance, walking a few more steps then squatting down again.

I have read that they squat when they are getting ready to lay (they aren't laying yet) but it also looked like they were a bit disorientated. Is this normal behaviour?

Thanks,

Alex
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It does sound like maybe they are getting close to laying...how old are they? And are their combs and wattles getting redder?

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It does sound like maybe they are getting close to laying...how old are they? And are their combs and wattles getting redder?

They're about 27 weeks old, combs and wattles have been big and red for a while! The main reason it concerned me was because it looked like they were off balance while doing it
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Squatting associated with laying hens and point-of-lay pullets occurs when they sense something hovering over them. If these pullets were off all by themselves with no rooster around and you weren't coming up behind them, then their squatting may not be associated with getting ready to lay.

 

If these pullets were outdoors under an open sky, it's possible they caught a glimpse of a hawk and it scared them. Squatting is a reflex action to anything approaching from above or behind, and I've seen my own hens freeze in panic when they spot a hawk swooping down at them. It's occurred literally right in front of my eyes. Luckily, that time the hawk came up empty.

 

If you walk up behind your pullet and just touch her back lightly and she squats, then you can expect the first egg in less than a week.

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If they are wobbling, not steady on their feet, and sitting down frequently, they may be ill.

How often does this happen?

Are they eating drinking and pooping ok?

Are they of good weight, nice and meaty on the breast or is breast bone extremely pronounced?

 

Knowing your climate/location might help too.


Edited by aart - 12/16/16 at 7:17am

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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