laying hens

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by jesshy530, Aug 10, 2014.

  1. jesshy530

    jesshy530 In the Brooder

    May 6, 2014
    Redding Ca
    How do I know when my hens are going to lay eggs soon, and what does it look like when they squat?
  2. Squatting is when a hen hunkers down low to the ground to be mated by a rooster. They do this when mature and is a sign that indicates they are old enough to lay. This can start a couple weeks before they begin to lay.

    Other signs are them getting chatty/loud. Checking out the nests boxes, bright red combs ect.

    Wish ya the best.
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  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    They will usually squat when you lean over them if they are of laying age. They will open their wings, reposition their feet and squat down low to the ground. This, along with a thick full red comb, face and wattles and the eggs should be coming soon! When they start in with all this, get them on layer feed and oyster shell on the side.

    Good luck and I hope they start laying soon!
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  4. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    This is what the egg squat looks like
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    Mr MKK FARMS Crowing

    Sep 27, 2012
    Welcome to BYC.
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  6. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
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  7. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC! Glad you decided to join our flock. The other members have done a good job in answering your question. Please feel free to ask any other questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck in getting those eggs.
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  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
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  9. AnnieSantiago

    AnnieSantiago Songster

    Aug 13, 2014
    Portland, Oregon
    Well, I'm a little bummed.
    Or maybe I'm just a bad chicken mom.

    Penny STILL is not laying.
    I've had her nearly 2 weeks.
    I took her photo to the Urban Farm Store today and the guy sort of snickers and says, "She's no 5 month old bird! She's older than that!"

    I said, "How much older?'

    He said there's no way to tell.

    She's beautiful.
    Her feathers are so pretty and soft.
    She's fat as a cow - she has a good appetite - and a funny personality.

    But her comb and wattles are not red - they're sort of pale today.
    The younger birds have more color.
    I thought she might be singing the egg song the other day, but someone on the forum said she was probably just upset being caged.

    I'm just stressing over this bird.

    Am I crazy?[​IMG]

    She's such a sweet hen - but I can't afford to feed her if she's not going to lay.
    How long should I give her to start laying after coming off being "broody" according to the lady who I bought her from???

    If anyone is in Portland, Oregon and has room for her, she's a sweet girl, however old she is.
    I think I have to find her a new home.

    Anyone want to guess her age and if she'll ever lay again?
  10. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Patience is a virtue when waiting for a hen to lay. The Speckled Sussex is a mature but not an aged bird. The move has stopped her from laying, and you will have to give her time to adjust to her new home - chickens hate change.

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