Do they still squat after they start laying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by LisaCammie, Dec 23, 2011.

  1. LisaCammie

    LisaCammie Out Of The Brooder

    I have four hens and one is laying - not sure which one. Two have been following me around a little more than usual and automatically squat when I talk to them. sooo sweet. I'm wondering if squatting is just a precurser to laying or if they continue to squat after they start laying. Just trying to narrow down the layer.
  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    The squat is a sign of submission, so if they were squatters before, they'll likely still be squatter after point of lay.
  3. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    Fred's Hens :

    The squat is a sign of submission, so if they were squatters before, they'll likely still be squatter after point of lay.

    I agree. Chickens who squat are more common if you don't have a rooster but mine usually only do it if I walk up on them and only the flocks without roosters. So like Fred said it's a submission thing and a desire to breed. It really has little to do with egg production.​
  4. ChikenNugget

    ChikenNugget Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 23, 2011
    Saratoga County
    Mine never squatted before laying, but now the layers are squatting still. The non-layers aren't squatting yet in my flock.
  5. azygous

    azygous Flock Master

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    I have four SS pullets almost six months old. Two of the little ladies squatted for me today. Very PROPER squats, if I do say so!

    None of these four has laid their first egg yet. It has been my experience that squatting precedes beginning to lay. The hens who did so prior to laying their first egg continue to squat for me.

    I am anxiously awaiting these first eggs from my youngest four! Ought to be very soon now.
  6. CarolJ

    CarolJ Dogwood Trace Farm

    Jun 3, 2011
    Middle Tennessee
    I'm no expert - but my hens still squat if I walk up on them - and they started laying this past summer. And we have a rooster in the flock.
  7. Fierlin1182

    Fierlin1182 powered-flight

    Aug 26, 2011
    By 'eck they will. [​IMG]
    Mine squatted continuously from about the age of three months to fifteen months. They do tend to stop as they get older, I notice. Hormone levels dying down I suppose. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Dec 24, 2011
  8. CammieSilkie

    CammieSilkie Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 29, 2010
    my silkies have never squatted, but when i see hens doing it i always thought it was because they were scared or something?? anyways, why do they do it? if it has to do with breeding we always have at least one rooster hanging around.
  9. wowmanacat

    wowmanacat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 1, 2011
    Oak Grove AR
    I have one that will squat for me almost every time I go into the coop to get eggs. She will not let the roosters have her so I am her rooster I guess.

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