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Squatting (and my new hybrids and there new home)

Postby Wozza1985 » 05 May 2014, 11:22

Hi I have finely bought my 4 hybrid hens .
Ranger
Rhode rock (laying)
Coucouo (think that's how you spell it?)
Bluebell

3 of them are coming up 24 week old and my laying rhode rock is 26 week old.
My laying rhode rock and my ranger does like a squat with there wings up?
Allowing me to pick them up with ease? Why do they do this also it's only them 2 hens that do it?
However the ranger comb is looking bigger/redder than the rest of the girls.

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Re: Squatting??

Postby 3441sussex » 05 May 2014, 11:42

Hi

Hens squat when they are in lay. As you say the Rhode rock is laying and I imagine that the Ranger is about to start laying any day.
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Re: Squatting??

Postby Wozza1985 » 05 May 2014, 11:44

I see yeahs rhode rock is laying, so my ranger could lay any day? Soooo excited!! Are hybrid rangers good layers? Are they brown eggs?
How very addictive and entertaining is keeping hens I'm hooked lol
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Re: Squatting??

Postby jillychick » 05 May 2014, 12:43

Wozza1985 wrote:How very addictive and entertaining is keeping hens I'm hooked lol

Yep that's how it starts. Are you thinking bigger run, more hens yet? because you soon will be :grin: this time next year you will want to be hatching eggs :lol:
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Re: Squatting??

Postby Wozza1985 » 05 May 2014, 13:14

Hi I have built a 10 metre run so with a large perch and a cd on string, dust bath etc..
Lots of layers pellets and plenty of water,
And lots of grass/weeds
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My new hens and setup (pic heavy)

Postby Wozza1985 » 05 May 2014, 13:41

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Re: Squatting (and my new hybrids and there new home)

Postby Mayhen » 05 May 2014, 18:28

Sometimes hens 'squat' like that if you put your hand over their back. I think it's got something to do with the pecking order, because you will be the top of their pecking order and they do this to show you that you are still the dominant 'bird'! Birds lower in the pecking order may do it to a more dominant bird if it pecks them too.
Very sorry for saying pecking order so much;)

You have a lovely set up and some lovely birds:)

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Re: Squatting (and my new hybrids and there new home)

Postby Wozza1985 » 05 May 2014, 20:28

Thank you, I used a pretty simple idea on pvc coated wire fencing and metal stakes, works well and is pretty sturdy.
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Re: Squatting (and my new hybrids and there new home)

Postby MamaOwl » 06 May 2014, 13:14

My Grandparents used to say Hens squat to let the Rooster on.... It's a sign of subservience and readiness to mate.

When mine do it I give them a quick pet on the back and take advantage of the fact they agree I am in charge... lol
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Re: Squatting (and my new hybrids and there new home)

Postby drfish » 06 May 2014, 16:34

Yeah, it is mainly submissive, as if to say "you're the top cock, climb aboard". It's endearing, yet slightly disturbing at the same time.

If you give their backs a good rub, they'll do a little 'shimmy' for you afterwards :naughty Much like when they've been violated by a real cockerel :lol:
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Re: Squatting (and my new hybrids and there new home)

Postby Wozza1985 » 06 May 2014, 16:47

Quick update my ginger hen laid her first small egg at 9am this morning!!

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Re: Squatting (and my new hybrids and there new home)

Postby jillychick » 06 May 2014, 17:02

Way to go wozza =D>
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Re: Squatting (and my new hybrids and there new home)

Postby Wozza1985 » 06 May 2014, 17:39

Just my coucou and my bluebelle next to lay?
Yeah my ginger laid at 9am then my rhode rock laid at 12 pm, how very rewarding is that!!
Great feeling,
What type if eggs do rangers lay? As I know it's her egg was tiny! And will she lay 1 per day?

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Re: Squatting (and my new hybrids and there new home)

Postby jillychick » 06 May 2014, 17:49

The eggs are small when they first start to lay, they get bigger as the hens mature. You wait till next year when They really start producing whoppers. The second year is the best laying year for hybrids, I'm not sure what colour eggs rangers lay. But I'm sure someone will be able to tell you.
Ps they should lay well for you during the winter as well, mine did well for there first winter :grin:
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Re: Squatting (and my new hybrids and there new home)

Postby Mayhen » 06 May 2014, 19:36

=D>
I got two 16/17-week old hybrids, a gingernut ranger and a black rock (or rhode rock - same breed!) a few weeks ago and the black rock (Pudding) laid her first egg today too:D the gingernut ranger (Ginger Rogers) has been laying for a while but her eggs are still small. You can expect about 300 eggs a year for the first few years from Gingernut Rangers, so lots of eggs even in winter:)
Funny the little eggs the hybrids are laying so far, they are the same size as my bantam eggs!! :lol:
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