Chickens crouching down when we go near them

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by 09northernchick, Sep 22, 2009.

  1. 09northernchick

    09northernchick Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 29, 2009
    They never did this before. Why now and for what reason. They have been handled a lot, though would normally still run the other direction from us unless we had food. But since they started laying when we go near them (when they are running free) or when we pat them in the run, they crouch right down and stand still.

    Is this due to fear or because they think we are roosters?
  2. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    It means they are getting ready to lay eggs! Enjoy! Its called Squatting..

    edited: ha! i'm sorry, i see they are already laying..DUH!
    and yes, it means they think you are the roo... [​IMG]
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2009
  3. CityClucks

    CityClucks The Center of a 50 Mile Radius

    Jan 31, 2009
    Tulsa, OK
    They think you are roosters! Take the opportunity to reach down and pet them.
  4. fshinggrl

    fshinggrl Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 1, 2009
    the edge of insanity
    Yep, eggs coming soon!!! The kids enjoy this because it means they can pick them up w/o chasing! They do think you are roosters!
  5. mk4lh

    mk4lh Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 9, 2009
    I had to laugh the first time I had one of my ladies do that, it was almost like a cat when you pet them down their back, the way they would arch up. I got my first egg about a week after the squatting started.
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2009
  6. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    They want you to have your way with them.[​IMG]

    Just pet their backs a few times and they will shake it off. It also makes it REALLY easy when you have to catch them. And eggs will be coming soon. [​IMG]

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