If a hen does an egg squat when I go to pic her up does she lay eggs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Jesseschickens, Feb 16, 2011.

  1. Jesseschickens

    Jesseschickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 4, 2010
    somewhere in Pa
    Just wandering because I have several hens that do this!
  2. elizabethbinary

    elizabethbinary Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 22, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    It doesn't mean she is laying, but it means she wants to! [​IMG]
  3. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    It is an instinct. She is assuming a position which allows a rooster to mount for breeding. It does show she is of age to lay eggs.
    Some assume the position more than others. She isn't likely to just plop an egg out. The hens like to do that with a bit of privacy, also instinctive. The don't want predators to see them lay their potential offspring. The nesting box plays on this instinct.

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