Big butt hen

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by bertman, Dec 22, 2011.

  1. bertman

    bertman Songster

    May 13, 2011
    One of our Ameraucanas has developed a very large 'sweep' (I think that's what it's called--that spot on her back just in front of her tail) in the last two days. It is twice as big as it was a day or so ago--big and standing up high. Some of the other girls have the same prominent feature but not nearly as large as hers.

    We think that she's the only one of our eight-month old pullets who is not yet laying. That makes me wonder if there's anything wrong with her or if this enlarged sweep might be a sign that she's about to lay.

    Anyone have any idea what this could be? Thanks.
  2. Fierlin1182

    Fierlin1182 powered-flight

    Aug 26, 2011
    I think I know what you're talking about. [​IMG]
    A couple of our pullets got that just before they started laying, but I'm not sure if that had anything to do with it - you might be best waiting for someone who knows what they're talking about. [​IMG]

    Look for signs of squatting - it's a more reliable method of determining imminent start of laying. [​IMG]
  3. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Crowing Premium Member

    Have said this before, but the big, old wide butt ladies? Those are my keepers. I'll take a big butt hen over a skinny mini any day of week and twice on weekends. [​IMG]

    Zero science for my statement, but I'm stickin' to it anyhow. I honestly prefer a wide body hen.
  4. partsRheavy

    partsRheavy Songster

    Jul 28, 2011
    I noticed my Easter Egger/Amercaucana hens' butts get fluffier and bigger as they came into lay. Their little pea combs also got redder and they hang more, um, shall we say, let the Roo do it to 'em....

    This is getting as bad as a rap song.....[​IMG] [​IMG]
  5. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Crowing Premium Member

    This is my widest hen. Wish I wouldn't taken the photo from the rear. Maybe next time. I have another who is half as wide, and you guessed it, she lays a smallish, skinny egg. Go figure.

  6. bertman

    bertman Songster

    May 13, 2011
    Thanks for the answers. She is the only one who has not yet squatted. She's also the biggest of the EE's.

    It's not that her butt is wider, it's just that the hump of feathers at the base of her tail is much bigger and rounder than I've ever seen it.
  7. poseygrace

    poseygrace Songster

    Apr 29, 2011
    I like big butts and I cannot lie...
  8. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Crowing Premium Member

    Yes, I have a BR we bred that has that "up sweep" feature in front of her tail. I'm not a fan of the look. I'll probably not return her to the breeding pen in a year. (We only use slightly older hens for breeding) That said, she's is wonderful in personality and the best layer of her hatch mates. I don't know whether this up sweep feature is considered a serious fault or not. [​IMG]
  9. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

    Aug 20, 2010
    You have no idea how close I came to posting that!
  10. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer Premium Member

    May 11, 2010
    This gal lays a jumbo egg and you better get out of her way, too!


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