Ameracauna Question...

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by heatherfeather7, Oct 6, 2014.

  1. heatherfeather7

    heatherfeather7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a 5 month old Ameracauna hen who has started running to me and squatting and raising her backside to me. She also wiggles around ... it almost looks like she wants to lay an egg or something. What does this mean? She has not started laying yet, but about 2 days ago I noticed her 'hips' spreading, I think she is about to start laying.

    She seems very confused. I have one other Ameracauna that is not laying yet, and one that is.

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    She is doing a submissive squat (also called an egg squat by some) - it is an indication that she is nearing the beginning of production. This is the pose she would give an approaching rooster to enable him to mount and mate her.
    This is an entirely different posture than they assume for laying.
     
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  3. heatherfeather7

    heatherfeather7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is there anything I should do to encourage her to not do that to me? I have two roosters but she won't go near them.
     
  4. Ol Grey Mare

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    Not really - there is no need to discourage her.
     
  5. heatherfeather7

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    Okay, just wasn't sure. Thanks! She is definitely my hen, follows me all over and loves to be held. Falls right to sleep when my daughter and I hold her.
     
  6. Frizzlett98

    Frizzlett98 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a hen that does exactly that. 2 others started squatting today that aren't very close to laying at all.
     

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