Squatting chickens

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Smallflockchickens, Jan 24, 2012.

  1. Smallflockchickens

    Smallflockchickens Out Of The Brooder

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    Do chickens start squatting before or after their first egg?? Thanks in advance! [​IMG]
     
  2. Glasshen

    Glasshen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They squat first. Then you can start looking more carefully for eggs.
     
  3. Smallflockchickens

    Smallflockchickens Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks, and hens normally lay around 5-6 months correct and depending on their breed.
     
  4. StarLover21

    StarLover21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, before, and some chickens never squat. If your siggy is current, austalopes, gold stars, barred rocks, and RIR are all early matures. Most lay from 18-25 weeks. Your brahama though I would expect to lay 25-30 weeks. Also, since it's winter, they may start later.
     
  5. Glasshen

    Glasshen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just checked, mine started at 19.5 weeks. But, they were hatched in mid April, so they were coming of age during the summer, and laid the first egg Sept. 6. Since it is winter now, there are less eggs. Someone with experience may know if the time of year matters to how long before a pullet lays...I have my first chickens, 4 Rhode Island Reds and 2 Barred Rocks, so there is a lot I don't know!
     
  6. vsmenagerie

    vsmenagerie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I currently have three that will squat for me and I got my first egg yesterday. One of my buffs has been squatting for about 2 weeks? now I think. I have two buffs and one brahma doing it. I go out and stick my hand over or on their back to check.
     
  7. Glasshen

    Glasshen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yaaaah for eggs!
     
  8. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Once they start squatting check for eggs within a couple of weeks sometimes!!!
     
  9. BirdMan32

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    Why do you check their backs?
     
  10. mlm Mike

    mlm Mike Sunna and Mani Premium Member

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    By touching their back or even reaching to touch them will trigger them to squat when close to egg laying age.
     

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