squatting hens

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chicky25ad, Feb 25, 2016.

  1. chicky25ad

    chicky25ad Out Of The Brooder

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    How long do hens squat before they start laying I have a mixed flock of barred rocks buff orphintons and rir all have been doing the squat for about 2 weeks now and only 2 eggs
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    Usually up to a month before.
     
  3. Blooie

    Blooie Team Spina Bifida Premium Member

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    They don't usually stop that behavior - at least mine never have and most of them are 2 years old already. My friend Bee says hers usually stop it when she has an active rooster, but I didn't notice any change. That "squat" is instinctive. She is assuming the position for breeding in response to being approached, whether it's a human approaching or a rooster. I even have a couple that squat if another hen comes running toward them. Some are more "squatty" (If that isn't a word it should be - I rather liked it!) than others.
     
  4. chicky25ad

    chicky25ad Out Of The Brooder

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    My hens that have been laying 9 month old leg horns still do the squat but the rest are about 6 months old I thought once they started the squat it was a sign they would start laying soon the combs are getting bright red and the vents look larger so I'm hoping real soon they will start
     
  5. Blooie

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    Yep, you've got the drill down! Sometimes though it can be a few frustrating weeks between the first hints of egg laying and the first egg. Silly chickens!! [​IMG]
     
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  6. tenman78

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    Ha! A couple of my hens squat for me when i go into the coop but not for my rooster, I swear I can see anger and frustration in his eyes.[​IMG]
     
  7. Blooie

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    He's just jealous! [​IMG]
     
  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Squatting is a sign of submission to higher ranking flock members(and keepers), not just for mating.
     
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  9. tenman78

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    Yep, he wishes he was in charge.
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  10. chicky25ad

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    So I just went and bought 10 chicks straight run so far my 14 others are all hens so I got my fingers crossed these will be to I never thought I would love chickens so much
     

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