How red is red enough?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by CindyMichelle3, Aug 6, 2013.

  1. CindyMichelle3

    CindyMichelle3 Out Of The Brooder

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    Meet Blanche... I'm just SURE she'll lay any day now but the girl has been teasing me for a week! Does her comb get more red than this before laying? She's a BSL about 16 weeks... Still young but I'm impatient!!!

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  2. Chicks Galore3

    Chicks Galore3 Artistic Bird Nut Premium Member

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    BSL lay pretty early - mine laid at 17 weeks 6 days I think. (It mighta been 17 weeks 3 days.) Chickens don't lay right right after their combs turn red - next look for squatting. Her comb looks good and red. My Leghorns comb got big and red 2 weeks ago - still no egg.
     
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  3. chickenboy190

    chickenboy190 Overrun With Chickens

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    What douse squatting mean.
     
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    It can still take a few weeks after the comb turns red for eggs. Patience! She's still quite young.
     
  5. Chicks Galore3

    Chicks Galore3 Artistic Bird Nut Premium Member

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    The lift their wings out and crouch down, and some stamp their feet rapidly in place. you'll know it when you see it. Hens usually do this when they are getting ready to lay.
     
  6. jbravo54

    jbravo54 Out Of The Brooder

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    ...and to get ready for a rooster to jump on and as my 4 year calls it go for a PiggyBack Ride
     
  7. Chicks Galore3

    Chicks Galore3 Artistic Bird Nut Premium Member

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  8. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    See link showing mating sequence. Squatting of hen should be evident.

     
  9. Chicks Galore3

    Chicks Galore3 Artistic Bird Nut Premium Member

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  10. Studio2770

    Studio2770 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My leghorns started squatting recently, they're around 18 weeks. First comb, then squatting, any day now.
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    Fiona, the oldest who is the best squatter. Her comb most likely grew after this pic.
     

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