laying behavior

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by capebird, Oct 10, 2011.

  1. capebird

    capebird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 4 barred rocks, 20 weeks old...no eggs yet. 2 of them have really cherry red
    wattles and combs. I read somewhere that when they get ready to lay one of the signs
    one may notice is "squatting". I haven't seen any squatting but I did notice today when I
    went to put my hand on the hen's back, as to pet her (one of the ones with the red
    wattles and combs)... she did kind of a squat and lifted both her wings up slightly. Is this
    any significance as far as getting to the point of laying? This is the first time I've seen this
    behavior....as in the past when I'd go to pet them... they would scoot away.
    Thanks
     
  2. bustermommy

    bustermommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's the squat that means they're mature enough for a roo.
     
  3. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    They'll be starting any day. They are just now old enough to consider starting. They'll and you will all be fine.
     

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