Trying to get to the "bottom" of this

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by TroyerGal, May 31, 2016.

  1. TroyerGal

    TroyerGal Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have started a few threads on my Roo, Hans. I REALLY, REALLY, REALLY need some info here :)
    As a little chick... his vent was red and inflamed without feathers covering it and when he pooped he cried a little and squatted. Now he looks fine, is super sweet and is really handsome. The other day I noticed him squatting when he pooped... is that normal? I REALLY want to breed him to my pullet, Edelweiss who is also a lavender orpington. Also, lavender orpingtons are NOT cheap (like, $20 for a pullet) and he has a nice personality. I also don't want to sell people a poor quaility bird. So my main question is... is it okay for a chicken to squat when they poop? I've noticed some of my other birds doing it too on occasion.

    Thank you! SO sorry if I'm being a pest ;P
  2. Rod-T

    Rod-T Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 23, 2015
    Deer park, Washington
    Since he recovered. . Maybe he just picked up the habit. . I wouldn't worry
  3. azygous

    azygous True BYC Addict

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    I hate to be the one to break this to you, but all chickens squat when they poop.

    That's how you can tell a chicken is getting ready to poop, in case you happen to be holding it on your lap. When they lower their derriere, that's the "tell" and you can avoid getting nailed if you place the chicken on the ground as quickly as you can.

    Granted, some squat lower than others, but they all squat.

    Were you under the impression that boy chickens stand up to go?[​IMG]
  4. TroyerGal

    TroyerGal Chillin' With My Peeps

    Wow Rod! That was so nice of you to say :D
    On my other thread people just discouraged me. Thanks for your encouragement!
  5. TroyerGal

    TroyerGal Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hehe ;) no, i didn't think that... i just haven't watched my chickens poop :p
  6. Gnarled Carrots

    Gnarled Carrots Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 17, 2016
    I second this. All chickens squat to poop! Some of them will even back up a pace or two, wiggle their tail feathers, and then squat slightly to poop. This is a telltale sign to get them off of your lap! They do it from being chicks to full grown hens and roosters.

    There is no reason not to breed him! Chicks can get pasty butt (or several other issues) that result in perfectly normal irritation or inflammation on their rears. This shouldn't affect their breeding potential and he sounds like a fine rooster.
  7. TroyerGal

    TroyerGal Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thank y'all! [​IMG]

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