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Laying down with her rear up

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by crawfordmama, Sep 18, 2010.

  1. crawfordmama

    crawfordmama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of my BSLs has been laying down a bit differently than usual. She's puffing her chest and putting her rear end up, with her tail feathers sticking straight up. I've seen her do this for the past 2 days while free ranging. She's between 15-20 weeks, and I haven't seen any eggs yet. Her comb and wattles are a bit pinker than the rest, and her wattles are droopy, but her face is still flesh colored. Is she going to lay soon, or is this just a comfy new position? Thanks for your insight!
     
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Is a roo or you walking by?

    Maybe she thinks she's going to mate?
     
  3. crawfordmama

    crawfordmama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The first time I saw her doing it, it was amongst her girls, no roo, and I was standing probably 20 feet away. The second time I was closer and I knelt down next to her to watch, hoping an egg would pop out. After 5 minutes or so she got up, looked around, then joined the rest of the flock who had wandered away.
     
  4. journey11

    journey11 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This sounds similar to how my egg-bound hen acted. She would walk a little, sit and eat a little, get up and move and do it again. Kinda like it hurt to stand normal. Does she look a little like a penguin when she is standing, with her tail at an odd angle?
     
  5. crawfordmama

    crawfordmama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Her tail is straight up, and almost fanned. It reminded me of a turkey. She's been acting and eating normally. Should I try to feel her belly?
     

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