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Do all hens begin squatting before they will start laying eggs

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Of my six hens, three will squat when I come up close to them.  Of these three, only one is actually laying.  Can I expect the other hens that are squatting to start laying soon?  Also, I was curious... do all hens begin the squatting maneuvers before they start laying or will some hens begin laying eggs without taking up this new behavior?

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Some of mine did and some didn't.  I have several breeds, so I can't say that WL do this more then BO or another breed, but I did find that the pullets without a Roo sqautted a lot more then the ones where there is a Roo present.  My younger girls have been laying since Jan. and they still squat when they see me coming:)  My EE's have never squatted for me though.

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They do tend to squat around the time that they begin laying, it's a good indicator, although some never start squatting. The squatting stops after a while, when the hens start to get old. lol.png
In the 19th century, Britain taught us how to produce. In the twentieth, the US taught us how to consume. If China is to lead the world in the 21st century, it must teach us how to sustain.

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In the 19th century, Britain taught us how to produce. In the twentieth, the US taught us how to consume. If China is to lead the world in the 21st century, it must teach us how to sustain.

- Jonathan Watts (When a Billion Chinese Jump)
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No, not all of them will squat.  Very few of mine squat for me anymore, as I have roosters. 

Breeding Welsummers and Barnevelders.

 

Having an Icelandic in the coop is like having a 2 year old in the house - they are into everything and don't follow the rules.

I have zero chicken willpower.

 

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Breeding Welsummers and Barnevelders.

 

Having an Icelandic in the coop is like having a 2 year old in the house - they are into everything and don't follow the rules.

I have zero chicken willpower.

 

Join us for the Easter Hatch-a-long!

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