Question on the squat

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by 4 luv of eggs, Sep 9, 2010.

  1. 4 luv of eggs

    4 luv of eggs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was wondering if they will always squat. Is it once a squatter always a squatter or does that behavior eventually fade?
     
  2. Lorije1

    Lorije1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My understanding is that it is breeding behavior, submission to the Roo... therefore, i would think it is there for as long as they are breeding.
     
  3. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Oh, I dunno. The pullets who have squatted for me don't always do so. Sometimes they do, sometimes they don't. Since it's a sign of submission, generally to the rooster, I kinda think my gals do it when they feel like ummmmmm..... well, submitting to the roo's advances. And that includes ME, even though I certainly wouldn't mount any of 'em!

    They don't always squat for the rooster, either. "Not today, honey."
     
  4. 4 luv of eggs

    4 luv of eggs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If they all start doing this it will be like walking through a feathered minefield. Right now I only have three out of the sixteen squatting (and laying) and I have to watch where I walk now. When they all start laying....well.....shoot girls, I can't help you!
     

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