The Appearance of the Short Lived Split-Second first Squat!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Jackquline, Nov 22, 2015.

  1. Jackquline

    Jackquline Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello everyone, I hope all is well.
    I have two barred rock girls who are 20 weeks 1 day old named Chica and Adaline. They were born on July


    4th and I had given up hope of them laying this year because of the time change and how under developed

    they had been at 16 weeks. Well four week s later and they have grown out their combs and wattles and

    they are a bright red most of the time (sometimes it fades and then boom bright red again!) They are

    eating an all flock with oyster shell on the side because i also have 5 twelve week old girls in the coop with

    them. Well this morning as i was doing my regular routine, when my top of the pecking order pullet Chica

    did a semi squat! I could not believe my eyes so a few moments later i tried to touch her again and she

    completely squatted!! I was so happy and gave her an extra treat. I know it does not sound like much but i

    am a first time chicken mommy and they are like my babies so i am so very proud of my little Chica!
     
  2. countrygoddess

    countrygoddess Chillin' With My Peeps

    That first squat is so exciting, isn't it?? (try telling that to a non-chicken person and watch them look at you like you are nuts. LOL) Just today, I tried to catch one of my 5 or 6-mo old (I can't tell them apart anymore!) pullets, and as I grabbed at her tail, she totally squatted and put her "elbows" out. Yippee!!
     
  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    I know what you mean. I mentioned squatting to my wife a couple of weeks ago - she kind of said "mmmm" and stared off into the distance [​IMG] Still no eggs from mine, but i do tell her every day that she needs to get on with laying!
    CT
     
  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    My barred rocks would start laying at 5-6 months old, so I wouldn't get too impatient, most will start squatting 2-4 weeks before beginning to lay.
     
  5. Jackquline

    Jackquline Out Of The Brooder

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    Her wings went out slightly but not a lot but it was for sure a squat! I told my little sister who helps me out with them a lot and she looked me dead in the eyes and said "is that the way chickens exercise?" I laughed so hard![​IMG]
     
  6. Jackquline

    Jackquline Out Of The Brooder

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    The first pictures are of them at 15 weeks.

    Chica
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    Adaline
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    These are pics from a few moments ago. The combs and wattles have gotten larger and bright red.
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  7. countrygoddess

    countrygoddess Chillin' With My Peeps

    They're very pretty girls! =)
     
  8. Free as a Bird

    Free as a Bird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is so exciting! I love barred rocks!
     
  9. Jackquline

    Jackquline Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks! [​IMG]
     
  10. Jackquline

    Jackquline Out Of The Brooder

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    I have only raised my one small flock but they seem to be my favorites? [​IMG]
     

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