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Squatting without laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Mbean15, Oct 14, 2016.

  1. Mbean15

    Mbean15 Out Of The Brooder

    May 10, 2016
    How long after squatting should i be concerned when there aren't any eggs?
    The run is small and open and there are definitely aren't any eggs in it hidden somewhere.
    It's been about 15 days since i noticed her doing the laying squat.
  2. minihorse927

    minihorse927 Whipper snapper Premium Member

    Nov 3, 2010
    Usually from the time they start squatting and the comb starts to grow and redeem you are looking at 1 to 2 months before the first egg. It will be soon!
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Signs of onset of lay---I've found the pelvic points to be the most accurate.
    If you touch their back they will hunker down on the ground, then shake their tail feathers when they get back up.
    Tho not all birds will do this, especially if there's a cockbird in the flock.
    This shows they are sexually mature and egg laying is close at hand.

    Combs and Wattles:
    Plump, shiny red - usually means laying.
    Shriveled, dryish looking and pale - usually means not laying.
    Tho I have found that the combs and wattles can look full and red one minute then pale back out the next due to exertion or excitement, can drive ya nuts when waiting for a pullet to lay!

    Dry, tight, and smaller - usually not laying.
    Moist, wide, and larger - usually laying

    Pelvic Points 2 bony points(pelvic bones) on either side of vent:
    Less than 2 fingertip widths apart usually means not laying.
    More than 2 fingertip widths apart usually means laying.
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  4. Mbean15

    Mbean15 Out Of The Brooder

    May 10, 2016
    She laid today! Finally. I will get pictures later, we had a girl trapped under the fence today and I'm making sure she is okay right now.

    I had always heard squatting is 1-2 weeks prior to laying, rather than months. All the other girls were 5-8 days after squatting. At the least, it's a beautiful egg.
  5. Mbean15

    Mbean15 Out Of The Brooder

    May 10, 2016

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