What are my girls doing?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by 19marvinn, Dec 6, 2015.

  1. 19marvinn

    19marvinn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay.... So recently 4 of my 8 hens have been making this weird position when I open the coop or go in the run. They sort of hunker down, and spread their wings out. They stay put for about 10 seconds and then carry on. They do this again when I pet them. It sort of looks like they're about to poop. lol!

    Does this behavior have anything to do with egg laying? They have yet to lay an egg. They are 22 weeks and I'm anxiously awaiting the first one!

    Thanks for Any Help!
     
  2. Pyxis

    Pyxis Hatchaholic Extrordinaire Premium Member

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    That's called squatting! Technically it's what they would do for a rooster when he asks to mate, but it's also a sign eggs are on the way :)
     
  3. Bridebeliever

    Bridebeliever Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yep! Bring on the eggs! Anytime now!
     
  4. Bridebeliever

    Bridebeliever Chillin' With My Peeps

    I should probably say that when the behavior begins eggs are about 2 weeks away generally.
     
  5. 19marvinn

    19marvinn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    YAY!!! So excited.
     
  6. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    They are squatting for you (the rooster) for mating. It is a sign that they are sexually mature for mating, and with sexual maturity comes eggs. So yes, it means eggs for you soon.
     

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