Chickie chickie rub

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by akcskye, Mar 12, 2008.

  1. akcskye

    akcskye Songster

    Apr 11, 2007
    I thought my chickens liked being petted heartily when my mother said that when they squat and press out their wings, they are accepting me as the "alpha" like a roo...and now that I think of it...they do seem to look like they're about to be mated.


    So, my question is...if I continue to give "chickie chickie rub rubs" (when they would squat like that, I would rub between their "shoulder blades" for lack of better), will it cause any hormonal problems or any problems that could affect their health if their bodies are expecting to be mated and then don't get mated?

    They never seem stressed by it and seem to enjoy the petting, but now that my mom spoiled my fun...haha...I want to make sure I'm NOT hurting them by doing that.
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    I doubt it. It's just like a reflex I think. And I'm sure roos do miss and well... for a lack of a better way to put it... not really that much contact goes on during a session.
  3. ibpboo

    ibpboo Where Chickens Ride Horses

    Jul 9, 2007
    always changing
    Its good to pet them and cuddle them, keeps them friendly and they really enjoy it. Its better when they squat like that cuz you can catch, better than them running away. Keep up teh chickie chickie rub rubs!! [​IMG]
  4. gretchen

    gretchen In the Brooder

    Jul 18, 2007
    I pet mine everyday, they love it, it gives me time to check in with them, make sure they are well, looking healthy.... and it makes them very easy to catch when you need to. Keep it up!
  5. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    no harm done with the squats...

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