I got the squat!!!!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by lizrndiver, Sep 14, 2009.

  1. lizrndiver

    lizrndiver Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay so I have a BR pullet that adopted us over the summer. I have never really known how old she is. I even finally met the girl who hatched her and she couldn't remember when she hatched the egg.

    I figure she is about 18 weeks old now based upon comparing her to other chickens with ages I knew. However, she is supposed to be the largest hen of my group when full grown and she is still smaller than my 14 week old Buff Sussex.

    Last week I noticed she was starting to grow her waddles and her comb was getting bigger. I also noticed a slight increase in their redness. I made DH help me try to feel her pelvic bones (no luck...all I feel is feathers, feathers, and more feathers).

    But tonight after I had left them out to free range a bit, I was rounding them up and when I went to grab her she squatted!!!

    I know this is nothing definitive, but I am excited to think she may start to lay soon!!!


    Liz

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  2. artsyrobin

    artsyrobin Artful Wings

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    they are so funny when they do that! yep, will be laying soon, got any pics of her to share?
     
  3. lizrndiver

    lizrndiver Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just have some old ones. I will try to get some newer ones this week. I should be doing that anyway just to show how they all are changing.

    Liz
     
  4. PatS

    PatS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a female or two that do the "Groucho Marx walk."
    Is that what you mean by squat?
    It happened when I scolded a 12 week-old female -- she did the funny Groucho walk. No other laying behavior yet.
     
  5. artsyrobin

    artsyrobin Artful Wings

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    if you reach towards them, rather than move away they flatten down on the ground, easy to pick them up too...[​IMG]
     
  6. faykokoWV

    faykokoWV Mrs Fancy Plants

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    We call it "tub thumping"
     
  7. chickensducks&agoose

    chickensducks&agoose Chillin' With My Peeps

    My Cuckoo Maran tries her darndest to avoid the chicken squat. She will run, and jump and fly, but if i time it just right, she'll get caught, and she'll squat... and then I have her!
     
  8. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    chickensducks&agoose :

    My Cuckoo Maran tries her darndest to avoid the chicken squat. She will run, and jump and fly, but if i time it just right, she'll get caught, and she'll squat... and then I have her!

    My buttercup does the same. She hates being handled.

    lzrndiver...........Congrats! Eggs are coming soon.​
     

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