aart

Chicken Juggler!
Premium Feather Member
7 Years
Nov 27, 2012
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Could be tomorrow....or a couple weeks yet.
It's hard to wait!
You have no older birds left to give you eggs?
 

GC-Raptor

Crowing
Jul 26, 2016
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For my first two Flocks, Golden Comets 1st and Barred Rocks 2nd, it was 10 to 20 days, from first squat, per pullet.
I'm waiting for the first squat from my 14 weeks old ISA Browns.
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I don't expect the first squat till 16.5 weeks. 😀
They seem to be about 1.5 to 2 weeks behind my Golden Comets also a red sex-links. GC
 

Ridgerunner

Crossing the Road
11 Years
Feb 2, 2009
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I can't believe you're the one asking. I'll answer you like I would anyone else. You'll know the answer when you see an egg.

There are several clues that they are getting close. Pelvic spread, vents damp or dry, bright red combs and wattles. But these are all clues that they might possible be getting close, not guarantees. I consider the damp versus dry vent the best.

Squatting is another clue that they might possibly be getting close. I consider it a good sign. But I once saw a 13 week old pullet willingly squat for a 13 week old cockerel. No force, intimidation, anything. He signaled and she squatted. They went through the entire process, including vent touching. It was two months before she started laying.

I don't know under what circumstances you are seeing squatting, anything like that. It is frustrating to wait, I've been there. When I hatched eggs to get some blue and green egg layers it took them nine moths before I saw the first egg out of three pullets. Nine months, in the middle of December. Then two were laying within a couple of days. I don't know when they started squatting but nine months!

I can't remember how old yours are, you've probably mentioned it in another post somewhere. Just hang in there. I really don't expect you to have to wait much longer. Sure wish you luck!
 

rosemarythyme

Crossing the Road
Jul 3, 2016
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For me it's always been within 10-14 days, I get eggs. But I walk around actively testing for pullets/hens coming off molt to squat, not sure if that makes a difference.
 

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