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Is squatting a good indication of sex?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by teach1rusl, Oct 23, 2009.

  1. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    My chicks (5 of them) are will be six weeks old this weekend. I was told that one sure sign of being female is that when you pet them they will squat. Does that sound right? So a young cockeral would NOT squat down upon having his back stroked???
     
  2. cthrash1

    cthrash1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2008
    Somerset, KY
    The girlys usually don't squat til closer to laying age... The younger ones probably did it because they got startled or something. I wouldn't go by that for gender because even when our BR cockerel was grown he still would squat as you petted his back then lay down while being petted.... He was so spoiled.

    ETA: You'll know the real girly squat when it happens... my BR girly does what I call the squat walk for me while I'm in the pen... She is so funny.
     
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2009
  3. HennyPennies2007

    HennyPennies2007 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 26, 2008
    Never heard that exactly, but know that young pullets will squat. I have a polish that squats every time I walk by.....I keep telling her...STOP THAT!!! I AM NOT A ROOSTER!!
     
  4. kdcrws

    kdcrws Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 18, 2008
    L.C. FL
    i would think 6 wks would be a bit soon for "the" squat. normally pullets are about 20 wks old before they lay and they start squatting right before they start laying. so maybe yours are ducking? LOL
     
  5. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Quote:[​IMG] So that's an old wives tale thing, huh??? I'd heard it, then actually read a little anecdote about it in this month's Reminisce magazine about it. So I figured maybe it was true... Live and learn I guess....
     
  6. cthrash1

    cthrash1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2008
    Somerset, KY
    Quote:[​IMG] So that's an old wives tale thing, huh??? I'd heard it, then actually read a little anecdote about it in this month's Reminisce magazine about it. So I figured maybe it was true... Live and learn I guess....

    You're not completely wrong... They just don't do it til closer to laying. May have been the age(POL) the article was refering to.
     
  7. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Quote:[​IMG] So that's an old wives tale thing, huh??? I'd heard it, then actually read a little anecdote about it in this month's Reminisce magazine about it. So I figured maybe it was true... Live and learn I guess....

    You're not completely wrong... They just don't do it til closer to laying. May have been the age(POL) the article was refering to.

    Nawww...obviously just something some people used to believe I guess. Here's a partial quote... "When purchasing the baby chicks, we kids also learned how to tell the males from the females. We moved our open hands slowly over the top of the pen - males would rise up and the females would squat down..."
    So then I started thinking about my own chicks and how they squat down when I lightly pet their backs... Old wives tale then... [​IMG]
     

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