How do you know if the chicken is squatting?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by KNelly, Nov 13, 2014.

  1. KNelly

    KNelly Chirping

    Sep 2, 2014
    Mine don't squat randomly...only when I pet specific ones on the back. They don't lay down they just get really low and sometimes get poofy when I do it. Is that the squatting everyone is talking about? They don't run from me when I do so I don't think it's them being scared. They just started this recently.
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    That is the squatting behavior of which people speak.
    Not all will do it so I don't use that as an indicator of imminent lay.
    Squatting is a desire to mate and really has nothing to do with imminent ovulation.
    When hens run with a rooster they almost never squat because they're already doing it with a boy.
    Skittish aloof breeds won't do it either because they won't let a human that close to them.
  3. 3chickchicks

    3chickchicks Songster

    Jun 25, 2013
    N. Texas

    Here's mine doing egg squat. She started squatting about a week out from her first egg.
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2014
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