The squat..How long before eggs?

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

  1. Hen Daddy

    Hen Daddy Out Of The Brooder

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    Our GLW has just started squatting for me when I go in the run. Is started earlier this week. About how long on average is the timeframe before she lays? We are hoping soon because all our hens are on an egg-hiatus.
     
  2. warren

    warren Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A week or two perhaps. Watch out for huge poops. They are a good indicator that the hen is eating enough to make an egg.
     
  3. Redfeathers

    Redfeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 11, 2007
    Gervais OR
    I have had one that squatted four weeks before the first egg, the rest about two weeks.
     
  4. Hen Daddy

    Hen Daddy Out Of The Brooder

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    Update!!!

    Well she squatted for about 3 days and this afternoon laid an egg! Her first and the only one we have had in about a month!!

    Awesome!!
     
  5. Jolyn

    Jolyn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 5, 2008
    Northern California
    HUGE POOPS INDICATE THEY ARE GETTING READY TO LAY????? Yahoooooooooooo.....I just said this morning....man the girls poops are getting BIG!!!!!

    I'm so excited.
     
  6. HpyNDxie

    HpyNDxie New Egg

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    So, based on what I'm reading here, if the hens squat and are having large stools, that means they are getting ready to lay??? [​IMG] Mine squat when I pet them...I thought they were just afraid. Also there is a white coating on their stools. Is that normal?
     
  7. ticks

    ticks Pheasant Obsessed

    Apr 1, 2008
    The Sticks, Vermont
    Mine started squatting a day before the egg.
     
  8. GopherBoyFarms

    GopherBoyFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 18, 2008
    Vancouver WA
    mine are all squating and 90% are laying, and all are pooping huge poo with white on the tail end of it....those are great signs of eggs on the way, and my first one to squat layed like 2 days after I saw her squat the first time.
     
  9. Matt A NC

    Matt A NC Overrun With Chickens

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    The white on chicken poo is urate, produced by their kidneys. The equivalent to urine.

    Matt
     
  10. joebryant

    joebryant Overrun With Chickens

    Squatting, large poo, means eggs are coming soon. I learn something new every day. That covers today.

    EDIT: BTW, when you say "squat", does that mean that they squat when they poop?
     
    Last edited: Aug 22, 2008

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