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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mfranti, Aug 21, 2008.
i read on another thread the term "squatting"
will someone explain to me what this means?
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
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.
here's a pic of our little Fork squatting for me.
To me squatting is kinda wierd. She sits on the ground, puts her wings out and sticks her butt in the air. Yeah....wierd.
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.
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?
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.
Quote:I believe it is. I think it is a graduation to roo status.
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.