When do they stop squatting?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by beb444, Apr 2, 2016.

  1. beb444

    beb444 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 16, 2015
    Northern CA
    Ok so I got my first egg today!!! It was a very pretty mint color from my Easter Egger, Stir Fry:) My question is when, if they every do, stop squatting? They have been squatting for about a week now and does that end after they all lay their first couple eggs, or does this continue on? Thanks for the input!!
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Spring Dreaming Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    It seems to stop for most hens, but some will continue to do so. It's for mating, but also a sign of submission.
  3. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    I have a Bluebell hen that has been laying since September and she still squats all time. All I have to do is walk up to her and down she goes!

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