Ready for laying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Studio2770, Aug 4, 2013.

  1. Studio2770

    Studio2770 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As I was with my 18-19 week old white leghorns, the oldest, Fiona, kinda froze and opened her wings a little when I petted her. They always run away, but I was able to pick her up without cornering her twice. Her comb and wattles are huge and red. Here she was yesterday, or I think it was yesterday.
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  2. Spikes Chooks

    Spikes Chooks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This behaviour is called squatting - a submissive posture for a rooster to be "invited". It means she is very very close to laying - often within a week or two of beginning to squat. Yes, it makes picking them up very convenient!

    If I have a need to check a chicken for anything, and she is laying, I wait till I get the squat and then pick her up easily. They like a light stroke along the back too! I always tell her what a good girl she is whilst stroking her. Good fun
     
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  3. Studio2770

    Studio2770 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'll try it again tomorrow. I can fit 2 fingers between her pelvic bones, I think they have widened. I put bedding and hollowed out eggs filled with dirt in the boxes to help them out.
     
  4. Studio2770

    Studio2770 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I tried it again and she squatted! She flew out of my arms and I went to get her back and she squatted again. I tried it out with the second oldest, Clara, who is really hard to catch and she squatted. I hope they have investigated the boxes already. Could I put them in the boxes to help them out?
     

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