Does squatting always precede laying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by biretta, Apr 8, 2008.

  1. biretta

    biretta Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, I've had only a handful of chickens so far and was wondering if you all have always noticed that your chickens start squatting when you approach them--the "mating squat"-- a week or so before their first egg is laid. I've noticed this in the few layers I've had but now I have a 7 month old red sex link who's not laid a single egg yet. And I'm not noticing any squatting behaviors. Could an egg, maybe be imminent or need I wait to see the first signs of squatting before I can get my hopes up?

    Thanks!
     
  2. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    It usually squatting and a change in comb colour.
     
  3. hensdeliverthegoods

    hensdeliverthegoods Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My two Golden-Laced Wyandottes are laying, and they have never squatted for me. Of course, they are very bossy girls to begin with! [​IMG]
     
  4. biretta

    biretta Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ha, that's funny. I guess it may just be the more passive chickens, I think I've read about that.
     
  5. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    4 out of 4 squatted a week before laying.
     

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