Squatting Season?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Schrebergaertner, Nov 30, 2011.

  1. Schrebergaertner

    Schrebergaertner Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When we first integrated our new flock (with a cockerel), some of the older girls squatted for him (especially the BRs, those hussies!), and he started learning. Now, a month or so later, they just run away from him. Granted, his technique isn't very romantic (especially in the morning) and he's got some maturing to do. But I wondered whether squatting could be seasonal, since a hen might be programmed to try to avoid laying fertile eggs when they'll hatch in the dead of winter. Has anyone else noticed that their hens squat less in these early winter months? Could be they just realized he's a klutz and they want no part of him, and he's too young and stupid so far to do anything about it.

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  2. linben

    linben Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think it is because at first it is real fun but that wears off! [​IMG]
     
  3. humpbacks1962

    humpbacks1962 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. BlazeJester

    BlazeJester Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, if you live somewhere cold they are probably being standoffish with him because the chicks would be almost certain not to survive in winter (biologically speaking).

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