I think my hen squatted!!! Do you?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ChickenPeep, Aug 15, 2011.

  1. ChickenPeep

    ChickenPeep Faith & Feathers

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    today, i went n the chicken cage, and pet my 5 mont old RSL pullet. When i pet her, she went down low, very low, and stayed there for about 5 seconds!
    Do you think this is squatting? she has never done this before!
     
  2. Wildflower_VA

    Wildflower_VA Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sounds like a squat to me. When mine squat it reminds me of a curtsy before the Queen. She pulls her wings up and back like she is gathering up her skirts and goes down on her knees for a quick genuflection. It doesn't last long. Maybe three to five seconds.
     
  3. dbounds10

    dbounds10 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep, get low, wings slightly out to the side and mine even stick the tail straight up in the air now! The tail used to be flat to the ground when they first started squatting.
     
  4. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

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    Sounds like squatting to me! You will be getting eggs from her soon.
     
  5. ChickenPeep

    ChickenPeep Faith & Feathers

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    How do you get them to start laying in the nesting boxes?
     
  6. ByeByeBlackBird

    ByeByeBlackBird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Try golf balls, or fake eggs bought at tractor supply. Maybe it will help! One of mine laid in the nest box today! i was so proud!
     
  7. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

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    I got my first egg today and my RIR laid right in the nest box![​IMG] The girls have been practicing in the nest boxes for the last week. I'm a bit surprised they did this without any fake eggs.
     
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  8. ChickenPeep

    ChickenPeep Faith & Feathers

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    congrats!! [​IMG] [​IMG]
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  9. ChickiKat

    ChickiKat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Gee, when I saw the topic here I thought someone wanted to know if my hens squatted and if I did as well....... [​IMG]
     
  10. Dusty Grin

    Dusty Grin Out Of The Brooder

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    The golf balls worked for me... It seems once your first girl lays in there, the others follow suit. We have five hens and they all use the same box (even when they have a few choices), and sometimes at the same time!
     

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