Chicken dance

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Drosera, Apr 21, 2008.

  1. Drosera

    Drosera Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 22, 2008
    Henryville, Quebec
    I'm guessing this question must get asked often enough. I got 4 chickens last week. 1 leghorn, 1 red sexlinks, and 2 black sexlinks. The blacks seem to have become quite used to us, perhaps even liking us at this point.

    When I go into the pen to feed them or water them or whatever, the blacks often crouch to the ground, spread out the "elbows" of their wings, flatten their backs, and do a "pat-pat-pat" dance with their feet. Also, sometimes when I'm just looking in on them, one of them will lower her tail.

    I'm guessing this is a submissive behaviour? Is there a name for this behaviour?

    I've tried to find this information myself on the net, but can't seem to pull anything up.

    Thanks. [​IMG]
  2. nicks chicks 1

    nicks chicks 1 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 13, 2008
    i dont know what its called but it sounds like she submiting herself to be mated [​IMG]
  3. 92caddy

    92caddy Egg Lover

    May 18, 2007
    Portland, IN
    They are submiting themselves to be mated................
  4. Drosera

    Drosera Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 22, 2008
    Henryville, Quebec
    Um...crap! lol

    What did I do to deserve this kind of attention?

    I'm a woman, and I'm married for Heaven's sake! lol
  5. S0rcy

    S0rcy Chillin' With My Peeps

    If they are all girls with no rooster, you just became the roo!!
  6. luvmychicknkids

    luvmychicknkids Canning Squirrel

    Mar 6, 2008
    Floresville, Texas
    It is a good thing though!!!!! Even the more flighty chickies are really easy to pick up and snuggle when they want you to be their boyfriend!!!!! [​IMG]
  7. Ericasl

    Ericasl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 21, 2008
    The Dalles OR
  8. Drosera

    Drosera Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 22, 2008
    Henryville, Quebec
    Quote:Ya, even before we found this out, my husband suggested I try touching them or picking them up when they did that, to see if they would let me.

    Well, I guess when you're hot, you're hot! lol
  9. eliss18

    eliss18 Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 10, 2008
    oh i always thought that they were scared hahahaha

    now its wierd... lol
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2008
  10. tvtaber

    tvtaber Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 2, 2007
    Central CA
    This is what is called on the board the "egg squat". Not very nice name, but it does make them easy to pick up!

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