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

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    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 7 Years

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    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

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    Here's mine doing egg squat. She started squatting about a week out from her first egg.
     
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