Are they practicing?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Sunyoung, Feb 10, 2012.

  1. Sunyoung

    Sunyoung Out Of The Brooder

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    I have three Delaware pullets that are 25 weeks old now. Two have just started to squat in the past week, but no eggs yet. I put their nestbox in the coop a little over 3 weeks ago and they have ignored it until a few days ago. Yesterday and today, I've found poop in the nestbox when I got off work (roughly around 1:30 - 2 in the afternoon) and checked (in hopes of eggs). Are they just finding this a wonderful place to start pooping in? Or are they laying in the nestbox as practice and just happen to poop too?
     
  2. peepblessed

    peepblessed Chillin' With My Peeps

    I think they're getting the urge. Do they squatt when you pet them? That's also a sign.
     
  3. Sunyoung

    Sunyoung Out Of The Brooder

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    Two of the three are squatting. The first started almost exactly a week ago and the second started a couple days after the first. They were kind of awkward looking squats at first too... [​IMG]
     
  4. peepblessed

    peepblessed Chillin' With My Peeps

    Soon!! [​IMG]
     
  5. Maggie C

    Maggie C Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, it won't be long now. [​IMG]
     

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