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Black Australorps not laying or dust bath?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by makern12, Feb 23, 2009.

  1. makern12

    makern12 Out Of The Brooder

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    It is so weird I go in the backyard and one of the chickens will be squated down with her wings out looking like she is getting ready to lay an egg and NOTHING. Is she taking a dust bath or laying trying to lay an egg but just constipated?[​IMG]
     
  2. cyanne

    cyanne Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's just her doing the hen 'squat.' It's what they do so that the rooster can mate with them. When the hens do that for you it just means that they are acknowledging your place as head 'rooster' of the flock. [​IMG]
     
  3. makern12

    makern12 Out Of The Brooder

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    That is interesting thanks for letting me know I thought they were getting ready to lay but they haven't in over a week so I was just curious.
     
  4. cyanne

    cyanne Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They usually start doing that shortly before they start laying so keep an eye out for your first eggs!
     
  5. makern12

    makern12 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks they have done that a handful of times but no eggs yet. I bought them a week ago and they stopped laying after I got them...[​IMG]
     
  6. NancyDz

    NancyDz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine do that all the time, I usually just put my hand on their back and rub them a little, then they get up and walk off. It started right before they started laying.
     
  7. makern12

    makern12 Out Of The Brooder

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    Do I want them to get up or just continue to do this?
     
  8. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    If they squat, just give them a good feather ruffling. It'll satisfy the mating urge without being too pervy for you. [​IMG] It's a good thing that they squat for you: they see you as dominant, plus it makes picking them up really easy.
     
  9. makern12

    makern12 Out Of The Brooder

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    you all are funny.. thanks for all the insight!
     
  10. Bfranke

    Bfranke New Egg

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    My Buffs did the squatting thing too, in the weeks before they began to lay. They still do it, so that I will stroke them. A local farmer and I were talking, and he had gotten some partly raised chickens, and wondered when they would start laying. I told him about this behavior, and he had never heard of it. However, his hens began to act this way, and then began to lay!!
    Bette
     

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