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Our first squat!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by NewChickmom2016, Nov 17, 2016.

  1. NewChickmom2016

    NewChickmom2016 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm sure many of you can remember the first time one of your chickens did the "squat" - well- it finally happened to me this morning! The girls were born June 15- so they are 5 months and 2 days. Our black australorp has been looking like she was getting close- red comb and wattles and finally this morning she walked up to me, I leaned down to pet her and down she went! Now to wait for that first egg......
    -Jerie
     
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  2. FoodFreedomNow

    FoodFreedomNow Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sounds like you shouldn't have to wait too long...and BAs are nice birds that lay nice eggs. [​IMG]
     
  3. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    Woo hoo NewChickmom2016 you should be getting that first egg very soon [​IMG]
     
  4. NewChickmom2016

    NewChickmom2016 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Food FreedomNow-
    Funny thing about Dottie- she has gotten nicer as she has gotten closer to laying. She is now the first one to jump up on my leg! Really enjoying being a Chicken Mom!
    -Jerie
     
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  5. NewChickmom2016

    NewChickmom2016 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Teila-
    Thinking so!
    -Jerie
     
  6. Cbennich

    Cbennich Out Of The Brooder

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    Just wondering- have your hens started to lay yet? I have two or three (2 red sex links and 1 barred rock) that began laying at 22 weeks. The squat, the vent and pelvic points seem to be good indicators of laying. I just wish I could tell who is laying which egg!
     
  7. NewChickmom2016

    NewChickmom2016 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Third day of squatting for our girl, Dottie. No egg yet! Our Buff Orpington is getting much redder in the comb and her wattles are growing- guessing she will be laying in the next month or so. Our Easter Egger has very little comb and no wattle yet- so will be awhile for her.
    All hatched 6/15- so they are 22 1/2 weeks now.
    -Jerie
     
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  8. Kegs1972

    Kegs1972 Just Hatched

    Woohoo!!! I'm sharing your joy as our 3 have also started squatting a couple of days ago... no eggs yet but the nest boxes have been sat in :)
     
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  9. Cbennich

    Cbennich Out Of The Brooder

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    I have gotten 11 eggs in 6 days! They are very tasty!! I know my golden buff, Marta, is definitely laying. Two of the other girls are as well. I have had two eggs crack because they were laid from the roost during the night. [​IMG] My girls will be 23 weeks old Monday. All of the girls are squatting.
     
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  10. NewChickmom2016

    NewChickmom2016 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Kegs1972-
    Race you to the first egg!!!! Our nesting boxes have also been toured by the girls! Saw some more shavings kicked out today- so someone was in there.
    How old are your girls? Mine were hatched 6/15/16.
    -Jerie
     

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