Was this a "squat?"

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by melloladies, Oct 7, 2010.

  1. melloladies

    melloladies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a 21 week old EE/cochin X and I saw her out in the yard squatting like she was trying to squeeze somethin' out! If I didn't know any better, I would have thought she was trying to poo... but I had JUST seen her poop w/no issues, so I don't think that was the problem. Her tail was pulsing though, so something was going on...
    So my question is, does squatting have to involve a person or roo walking up to a pullet? Or will they do it for no reason?
     
  2. 6-acre-zoo

    6-acre-zoo Out Of The Brooder

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    Was there anything close by, like a cat? Some of my chickens squat when the dog gets too close, but mostly when I walk near them....
     
  3. melloladies

    melloladies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does a mockingbird count? LOL? We don't have any dogs- and the kitties are safely inside [​IMG]
     
  4. gallusdomesticus

    gallusdomesticus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    squatting indicates she is entering sexual maturity and it's a hen's natural reaction to the approach of a rooster (or a person). It means your hen will be laying soon.
     
  5. 3goodeggs

    3goodeggs pays attention sporadically

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  6. ChickieBooBoo

    ChickieBooBoo Cold Canadian Chick

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    Quote:really? My hens dont squat when the rooster comes, although he is pretty rough so maybe he just doesnt give them time?
     
  7. melloladies

    melloladies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! I've heard that they do it when you walk up to them- but nobody (or thing) was anywhere near her?!?!? I wasn't sure if it still counted.[​IMG]
     
  8. gallusdomesticus

    gallusdomesticus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ChickeeBooBoo,
    Maybe your girls don't like his type![​IMG]
     

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