Squatting to laying... time frame?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by emandmikey, Jan 19, 2009.

  1. emandmikey

    emandmikey Songster

    Apr 30, 2008
    Wake Forest, NC
    Hey everyone! I've got Barred Plymouth Rock and RIR pullets (23 weeks old) which have just started to do the 'squat'. It's hilarious when I reach down to pet them, two of them 'asume the position' and let me pet them that way... it's funny... but I was wondering... how long until I can expect them to start laying? What has your experience been ... has anyone noticed how long it was between you first noticed your girls squatting to when they layed their first egg?


  2. 2 weeks for Biscuit and Jade, so far a month for Omlette and Emily.

    Omlette and Biscuit same clutch, same hatch date.
    Emily a bantam barred cochin
    and Jade a RIR

    they are all at least 26 weeks according to some questionable math in my head...
  3. Hen Daddy

    Hen Daddy In the Brooder

    Aug 20, 2008
    Vancouver, WA
    Yup, just about 2 weeks after squat they lay. Out of 8 girls hatched in August, only 6 are squatting and/or laying, so I'm hoping soon the other two start working!

    It will happen soon. YOu will get a long pointy egg and know it was the first one!
  4. glowworm

    glowworm Songster

    Jun 10, 2008
    SacraTomato, CA
    My BO laid her egg 2 days after the squat,

    My BA laid her egg 5 days after the squat

    My brahma is on Day 5 after the squat and no egg yet [​IMG]
  5. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap

    It really varies bird to bird. I have one that has been testing nests for the better part of two weeks and she squats, but no egg. Another one we have never did squat, just plopped out an egg.

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