Egg squat and long in-between?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Carrie Lynn, Jan 4, 2011.

  1. Carrie Lynn

    Carrie Lynn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 30, 2010
    S.E. Michigan
    How soon do most birds start laying after their initial squat?
    My 17 wk. RIR just squatted this weekend, I didn't expect it this soon.
    What are the average time periods between onset of squatting and laying their first egg?
    I understand they probably vary a great deal.
    My banty squatted one day, and laid the next.

    Last edited: Jan 4, 2011
  2. jettgirl24

    jettgirl24 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 21, 2010
    Duvall, WA
    I think mine were between a week and a half and two weeks. One of my Marans pullets started squatting last week and hasn't laid yet. My bet is that is varies though, chickens don't seem to like following set rules [​IMG]
  3. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    Mine laid within a week to three weeks of squatting.

    I more telling clue to imminent laying is the comb suddenly turns bright red. You know you're within a week , if not days, of seeing that first egg.
  4. Tomfieldenloveshichickens

    Tomfieldenloveshichickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 9, 2010
    Somerset, England
    One of my RIR's was 6 days and the other was 10 days. Also 2 other of my RIR's started squatting yesterday and today for me.
  5. black_fx_35

    black_fx_35 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 26, 2010
    Charlotte, NC
    Two of my girls have been squatting for about a week. The other five have not. My Easter egger, a non squatter, laid her first egg today. I was shocked since I thought one of the two squatters would surely be first to lay. Not the case. Got a beautiful green egg!!!

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