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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
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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.

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