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Laying behavior?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by stoutfamily, Jul 1, 2011.

  1. stoutfamily

    stoutfamily Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a 20 week old EE who has been acting a little strange this week. She's sort of acting like a cat would in heat. She's our only chicken and is very very friendly but has been even more so lately. She's been all over me! Always jumping on my lap, wanting to be near me. She's free range and runs around the yard all day. If you try to pick her up or reach for her she goes into this weird squatting/sitting position where she looks a little hunched. Her comb and face have gotten more red lately too, which I read means she close to maturity. She's the first chick we raised fully (had two but one got snatched up by a predator, I think). We haven't had our first egg yet so I'm wondering if it's because she's getting ready to lay... If she is, is there any way for me to facilitate the process for her?
     
  2. fshinggrl

    fshinggrl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She'll lay when she is ready. The squatting means she is ready to lay so watch out for the eggs!!! Do you have a nest box? Perhaps she has already left you 'gifts' around the yard! [​IMG]
     
  3. moetrout

    moetrout Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Those are the classic signs she is ready to start laying soon. You could try putting some fake eggs in the nestbox so she gets the idea of where she should lay her egg.
     
  4. stoutfamily

    stoutfamily Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks, I'm so excited! [​IMG]
    No nest box set up but we've got something I can make into a nest box and I will make sure she has somewhere to go if she wants to... I've looked around the yard and haven't found anything yet, but I'll keep a look out!
    Should I be concerned if this has been going on for a couple days or is that normal? I don't want her to be eggbound!
     
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  5. fshinggrl

    fshinggrl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No, it's totally normal. They will squat like that (as far as I know) for the rest of their lives! It is just a way to allow the rooster (boss) to fertilize the eggs easier. [​IMG]
     
  6. flowergirl60

    flowergirl60 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Perfectly normal behavior. I just went through the same thing with my youngest girl.
     
  7. stoutfamily

    stoutfamily Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks everyone! I went outside and set up a couple different nest boxes so she can be picky (she's really spoiled [​IMG]). Hopefully I'll be getting an egg in the next couple days [​IMG]
     
  8. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    The squating is an invitation for you to mate with her, not that she is getting ready to lay.
     

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