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Squatting!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Morgan7782, Sep 26, 2010.

  1. Morgan7782

    Morgan7782 Dense Egg Goo

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    This morning I went to let my chickens out of their coops, and let out the Brahma and Wyandottes first. I always sneak in a pet as they come out the door because they are all not used to being handled.

    So I went to pet the Brahma and she SQUATTED! Hunkered down, wings spread and just waited! I pet her back and told her I was sorry to dissapoint her lol because I have no rooster. She then went about her way. Since this morning she has squatted three times! I showed my Moms was it looks like and I am so excited!

    She is also going around the yard squacking loudly lol. No eggs yet but not far off! I think she is around 26-28 weeks, roughly. She is the first of my 5 chickens to do this, and I am excited!! My very very first egg is in the making! [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Here is the maturing pullet SOON to be Hen!

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  2. oldchickenlady

    oldchickenlady Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 9, 2010
    Cabot, AR
    Very pretty girl and yes, you will have eggs soon! It is so much fun going to check the nests!
     
  3. Dora'smom

    Dora'smom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow. She is really pretty, and you're right, your wait for eggs is almost over.
     
  4. tuesdays chicks

    tuesdays chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 26, 2010
    stuart florida
    She is beauty, my light Brahma looks like her in the face, she has been squatty all week no eggs yet, I keep hoping. She is 26 weeks
     
  5. Pet Duck Boy

    Pet Duck Boy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 12, 2009
    Orlando, FL
    Yay! When mine started, I got first eggs from each within 2 weeks. I'm surprised none of yours have laid yet, or haven't been squatting for awhile! I realise brahmas and wyandottes are late to mature but your BR or EE should have at least squatted by now. But oh well, every chicken flock is different. [​IMG] Congrats!
     
  6. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    She's ready. Won't be much longer. [​IMG]
     
  7. UrbanChick101

    UrbanChick101 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sure am glad I read this, I am new to this... I have 2 SLW and they have not laid, my other four have. I got them from an acreage semi/country with a flock of 60+ birds and they weren't sure who was laying and who was not. I am sure I have one BO laying, both my Australorps, neither of the SLW. I thought they were having a slow move in adapting time. They were hatched all around early March. The Australorps were the last hatched she said, on March 7. They just laid thier first egg two weeks ago and they were so tiny, so I am sure they were the first eggs. I have pictures that I need to post... but I haven't gotten them off the camera yet. I am most certain that I do not have any laying SLW Guess I'll still need to be patient!!
     
  8. tuesdays chicks

    tuesdays chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 26, 2010
    stuart florida
    Squatting seems to depend on the bird. My other girls have been laying for a month with no squat till yesterday, I think they got jealous of the Brahma. Personality change over night
     
  9. Morgan7782

    Morgan7782 Dense Egg Goo

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    LoL yep I am very excited. She has been TALKING all day long too [​IMG]

    The BR and EE are 25 weeks this coming Tuesday, neither of them even look ready. The BR's comb is still pretty dinky and pink. I've heard it's better when they don't start younger then 20 weeks for health reasons so I am O.K. with them taking their sweet time [​IMG]

    I will be checking the nestboxes every day now hehe. I am hoping the maturity is contagious and everybody else will kick into gear [​IMG] here's hoping! [​IMG]
     

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