crouching chickens

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by genabeana, Mar 24, 2010.

  1. genabeana

    genabeana Out Of The Brooder

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    Why do chickens crouch down and stomp their feet when you get near them? I noticed that they didn't do this until they started laying eggs.
     
  2. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    They are awed by your virility and want you to father their children.

    No, I'm not joking! And stop calling me Shirley!

    .....Alan [​IMG]
     
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  3. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Yes, I, too was surprised at how virile an old, fat woman I am - to my hens!

    That's a sexy pose, one they use if they are submitting to a rooster wishing to mate with them. It's called squatting.

    I was thrilled when my first chicken squatted for me - it meant she'd be laying soon!

    Now, when they squat for me, I just pat them or scritch gently at their shoulders and tell 'em what good girls they are. They stand back up and fluff their feathers afterwards.
     
  4. sydney13

    sydney13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    they want to mate with u [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  5. dlolato

    dlolato Out Of The Brooder

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    I will tell you how smart chickens are.........whenever they squat when you get close to them, I have trained them to associate the word "SIT" with the squat. Therefore, whenever I want to pick one up, all I have to do is give them the command and obediently they sit. I don't think most people give them credit for their intelligence!

    But truly, they are squatting to be submissive for the Rooster which is a natural reaction!
     
  6. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    They are submitting to the top rooster. (you) Give them some nice stroking type pets, and then they'll stand up and fluff off.
     
  7. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

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    They think you are sexy.
     
  8. WarPigKiller

    WarPigKiller Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:I lol'd
     
  9. catdaddy66

    catdaddy66 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A.T. Hagan :

    They are awed by your viriity and want you to father their children.

    No, I'm not joking! And stop calling me Shirley!

    .....Alan [​IMG]

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  10. TeaKettleK

    TeaKettleK Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:That is a freakin' awesome idea!!!
     

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