squatting

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mfranti, Aug 21, 2008.

  1. mfranti

    mfranti Out Of The Brooder

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    i read on another thread the term "squatting"

    will someone explain to me what this means?
     
  2. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

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    Humm I will tell you what I believe squatting is. A chicken squats when it's showing affection and also I have heard that it will also start squatting when its ready to lay eggs. I'm not sure how true this is but that's what they say about squatting [​IMG]
     
  3. mfranti

    mfranti Out Of The Brooder

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    well, if i hadn't been so impatient, i could have just done a search-like i did after i published this question.

    well, my Barred rock has been doing it for while so maybe she WAS the one giving me eggs. it's been a month since i've seen one.

    i guess i will check on the RIR and see if she's squatting too.
     
  4. richnchicks

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    here's a pic of our little Fork squatting for me.
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  5. Hen Daddy

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    To me squatting is kinda wierd. She sits on the ground, puts her wings out and sticks her butt in the air. Yeah....wierd.
     
  6. GopherBoyFarms

    GopherBoyFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    mine are ALL doing that now...some more often then others and I think it's cuz they are laying or are going to lay...mine started squatting and then all a sudden we have a dozen eggs a day. My girls are 21 weeks old, I think 90% of them are laying, not every day but close.

    ~Tiff~
     
  7. Hen Daddy

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    Ya we did get our first egg today, just after Penny squatted for dh. Such a pretty thing, the first egg! I can't wait for more!!!! Maybe the other girls will get the hint and start laying too?


    ~Caran
     
  8. utahmethodist

    utahmethodist Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Squatting is a mating behavior, isn't it? I see sparrows doing it right before they mate. I assumed when my pullets started doing it I had graduated from "mom" status to "rooster" status.

    My kids got a kick out of that. One more benefit to raising chickens. Sex ed.
     
  9. Hen Daddy

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    Quote:I believe it is. I think it is a graduation to roo status.
     
  10. mfranti

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    ok. so last night i noticed both of my older gals would squat when i came up to them but the younger, skittish leghorns do not. (i do not like those birds)

    thanks for the pic (forgot your name) i thought it was wierd that she would "submit" to me. glad to know i didn't scare her into it.
     

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