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squatting birds means????

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by raisingkane, Oct 8, 2007.

  1. raisingkane

    raisingkane Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi there,
    A couple of the birds squat when I approach and lean down to pet them. What does this mean?
     
  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    You are the roo. They are being submissive to you.
     
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    It means they think you are a rooster and they are willing to mate.
     
  4. cyndiann

    cyndiann New Egg

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    The two I have laying now do that. The other four that haven't laid yet don't.

    I guess if I see them squatting down it may mean they are ready to lay eggs?

    And which end of the egg comes out first? The pointy end or round end?
     
  5. RioLindoAz

    RioLindoAz Sleeping

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    they thing your the rooster
    squating is how they mate
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  6. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    It means your young pullets are at the age of mating and think you are the head rooster...pullets squat for the rooster to mate with them...also they should start laying soon....
     
  7. raisingkane

    raisingkane Out Of The Brooder

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    Well that's good news! I thought that one of the squatters might BE a roo... but I have hope now!!! We have 8 chickens and some looked so roosterish I was getting worried. Only one layer yet although Pearl is sitting on the nest as I type. Maybe 2 layers...
    Thanks
     
  8. Pine Grove

    Pine Grove Chillin' With My Peeps

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    cyndiann, The round end comes out first
     

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