Originally Posted by Runawaylobster
OK... weird weird stuff going on....
I really don't have a visual on what squatting is so when i let the chickies out this afternoon i stood around
watching them to see if i could see anything.. They love to come out and zoom out of the coop at top speed
when I open it. (they have to stay inside until i get back from work because of the dogs).... Soooooo
there i am standing around, I have a buttercup who flies up and sits on my shoulder which she was doing....
and then suddenly they all took off running as fast as their little legs would go, all back into the coop...
one faverolle was left behind and she was sitting behind a garbage can making noises... shes' still sitting
there and the others now won't come out of the coop, they are all sitting on the floor iniside?????
I think it is a chicken thing
Mine do weird stuff like that too. Once one bird decides to go somewhere, especially back in the barn, they ALL think they should go. And if they are further from the barn than the others, and ESPECIALLY if the others are moving somewhat quickly, it is "bat outta hell" time. Then they come up fast to a stopped bird and it is "shields up". All chest up, fluff and posturing like they are being attacked. Don't they know it takes a bit to stop a chicken at full run, like when THEY do it?
Just yesterday they all followed me out between the 2 barns when I went to see where they were. I went around the corner for a couple of minutes and when I came back, they were all back in the barn. So I say "chickens it is nice outside, won't be for long, winter is coming, there won't be any grass; come out in the sun".
All the girls came back out between the barns. I went about my business and next thing I know they are all gone except Dee. I watched her for a couple of minutes eating grass and clover and she suddenly looks around and thinks "OMG, WHERE IS EVERYONE??!!!??". Head down and a flat out run to the barn. You would think they didn't know they have wings. This is a bird that can fly a 4' fence, she is in a panic and she is RUNNING? Other than the fact that we aren't going to eat them, these girls would have some seriously muscular legs and thighs compared to store bought cage broilers.