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What does the squat and wing spread mean?

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My EE (Hawkface - my avatar pic) has started this behavior over the past couple weeks. Whenever I get close to her, or when she comes up to me, she squats down and spreads her wings out a little. Nothing else really changes, she keeps talking the way she had been, she's just squatted down with her wings puffed out. I usually pick her up or pet her when she does this since I'm not really sure what it is that she wants or expects me to do, and she doesn't seem at all bothered when I pet her or pick her up. When I hold her she just keeps on talking, or leans her head against me and closes her eyes. Definitely doesn't seem like the way someone would act if they didn't want to be held. At the same time, it seems a little odd. I'm also not sure why she's just started this the past few weeks. I think someone suggested to me in another post that you can tell which hens are laying by holding your hand over their backs...but we haven't seen any EE eggs around anywhere. The other three girls that are laying now all lay their eggs in the chicken house (the Barred Rock that laid her first egg on Saturday can't quite figure out how to get into the nest loft yet, so she laid hers on the floor in their house today). I can't imagine why Hawkface would be hiding her nest/eggs off in the woods somewhere if everyone else is laying theirs in the house.

I am grateful to have been blessed with a hubby who supports my addiction to chickens and pit bulls. Odd combination? We share our home with two spoiled rotten pit bulls, two spoiled white's tree frogs, a corn snake, bearded dragon, an extremely obese unpleasant cat and a growing flock o' chickens....
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I am grateful to have been blessed with a hubby who supports my addiction to chickens and pit bulls. Odd combination? We share our home with two spoiled rotten pit bulls, two spoiled white's tree frogs, a corn snake, bearded dragon, an extremely obese unpleasant cat and a growing flock o' chickens....
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post #2 of 34

I think this is typical behavior. My understanding is this is a sign of submission, and maybe something they would do for a rooster. All of my girls do this. I also understand it's a sign of maturity, so maybe they're getting close to laying?

Wife, mom to 3 children, and caretaker to 45 hens, 2 rabbits, 1 cat, 2 goldfish, 3 frogs (and looking for a puppy)
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Wife, mom to 3 children, and caretaker to 45 hens, 2 rabbits, 1 cat, 2 goldfish, 3 frogs (and looking for a puppy)
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post #3 of 34

My Golden Wyandottes do the same thing.  The behavior was addressed on another chicken newsletter I get that it is a sign of submission.  Noting is wrong with the girl!  I do the same thing with mine - that I pet them and tell them to go on.  What a great sign of respect - makes you feel good!

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I do like it, mostly I like that she'll come up to me like this and let me pick her up. I never would have guessed that chickens could be such sweet and fun pets. Now I find myself looking forward to nice weather (like we're having the past few days - finally back into the 60's!!) so I can go out to play with the chickens. smile

I guess I can see it as a sign of maturity also, my Leghorn wasn't interested in coming anywhere near us until right around when she started laying. When I would go hand feed the others, she wouldn't come anywhere near me she'd stand about three feet away and wait for me to toss crickets to her. Now she'll come right up and take the crickets from me. She even comes running from across the yard when she sees me come out. Too cute!

I am grateful to have been blessed with a hubby who supports my addiction to chickens and pit bulls. Odd combination? We share our home with two spoiled rotten pit bulls, two spoiled white's tree frogs, a corn snake, bearded dragon, an extremely obese unpleasant cat and a growing flock o' chickens....
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I am grateful to have been blessed with a hubby who supports my addiction to chickens and pit bulls. Odd combination? We share our home with two spoiled rotten pit bulls, two spoiled white's tree frogs, a corn snake, bearded dragon, an extremely obese unpleasant cat and a growing flock o' chickens....
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post #5 of 34

submission and................................. hide mount me!!!

post #6 of 34

big_smile looking for love in all the wrong places, looking for love ....um ....um...I forget the rest of the song  lau

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Muddy Horse Farms where animals and technology collide
Current Residents : Me, DH, DD age 8 and chicken crazy, , 1 catahoula, 1 chihuahua, 1 pitbull 5 cats, 4 horses, 3 guineas, Seramas, Silver Sussex. Coronation Sussex, Polish, East Indies  Drowning in Ducks  NPIP 43-696

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post #7 of 34
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Oh gross!! That's a terribly disturbing thought. smile

Now a new concern...my hens aren't going to go getting all...weird and randy are they? We went through that last Spring with our snake. Never would have guessed that a male snake would get all...weird just because he was "mature". He got so weird that I was tempted to put a piece of fish tank air hose in his cage....ya' know...because I wasn't about to buy him a girlfriend. smile Luckily he got over it.

I am grateful to have been blessed with a hubby who supports my addiction to chickens and pit bulls. Odd combination? We share our home with two spoiled rotten pit bulls, two spoiled white's tree frogs, a corn snake, bearded dragon, an extremely obese unpleasant cat and a growing flock o' chickens....
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I am grateful to have been blessed with a hubby who supports my addiction to chickens and pit bulls. Odd combination? We share our home with two spoiled rotten pit bulls, two spoiled white's tree frogs, a corn snake, bearded dragon, an extremely obese unpleasant cat and a growing flock o' chickens....
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Originally Posted by KCNC06 

Oh gross!! That's a terribly disturbing thought. smile

Now a new concern...my hens aren't going to go getting all...weird and randy are they? We went through that last Spring with our snake. Never would have guessed that a male snake would get all...weird just because he was "mature". He got so weird that I was tempted to put a piece of fish tank air hose in his cage....ya' know...because I wasn't about to buy him a girlfriend. smile Luckily he got over it.


They will be just fine, LOL!
Just give them a scratch on the back when they do that for you, if you do not have a rooster to keep them happy.
Scratching them, will ensure that they know you are the Alpha.

post #9 of 34

It is a submission, she is ready for a male. wink

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>R.I.P. TO ALL OUR BABYS!!! WE LOVE YOU ALWAYS!!!!!!    http://shay5134.webs.com/       http://s628.photobucket.com/albums/uu5/shay20_2009/
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post #10 of 34

My EE has just started to do this - and I'm hoping it means I'll be getting eggs from her soon!

I imagine yours is about to lay - or perhaps she lays a brown egg which I've heard is possible for EEs and it's mixed in with the others?

1 Easter Egger, 1 Blue Laced Red Wyandotte, 1 Speckled Sussex, 1 Silkie
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