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Squatting? huh?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by aubreynoramarie, Sep 30, 2010.

  1. aubreynoramarie

    aubreynoramarie designated lawn flamingo

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    my youngest has got theee biggest waddles of all five of my girls. Shes an Nhr @ approx 18-19 weeks old. we also have an e.e. of the same age, a barred rock, buff orp, and delaware of about two weeks older.

    the del has some huge waddles going on, too.

    anywhooo, i went to pick up my nhr yesterday and instead of booking it like her and the others usually do, she squatted down and let me pick her up.

    could this be forshadowing of things yet to come???


    MAYBE AN EGG SOON???

    just curious. (pleasepleasepleasepleasepleasepleaseplease)

    so heres some pics of their faces. im sure my br, orp, and ee still have a few more weeks, but how bout that nhr and del?!?!

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    pardon the quality, i sabatoged them in their coop with my iphone right before they fell asleep. muahaha!
     
  2. mgw

    mgw Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Most of them except the EE look like they could lay any time. Ours never did squat or any of the other things that hint of eggs coming. The NHR does look very close to laying. [​IMG]
     
  3. aubreynoramarie

    aubreynoramarie designated lawn flamingo

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  4. Samilitant

    Samilitant Out Of The Brooder

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    Yep, getting close! One of my 2 BR's has laid 2 eggs so far, and her comb is about the size of your NHR. She started at 23 weeks though.
     
  5. Freshegglvr

    Freshegglvr New Egg

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    Our girls starting the squat pose right before (2) and the other 2 right after they started laying. The first time I saw it, it immediately reminded me of the pose our female Japanese Quail used to take when mounted by the male quail.

    My husband has also read that it can be a pose of fear if you come in from the top. Recently, I've noticed that if turn around quickly and move my arm, the closest hen will drop right down. This indicates to me that his research may be right.

    I'm no expert but that's my 5 cents. [​IMG]
     
  6. aubreynoramarie

    aubreynoramarie designated lawn flamingo

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    aw, dang. i did come from right above as she was at my feet....
     

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