Do I turn this hen on?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Mikee1948, Dec 1, 2011.

  1. Mikee1948

    Mikee1948 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2011
    Whenever this one hen sees me, and I get close to it, she goes into a crouch, stamps her feet, and trembles. She's so docile I can pick her up. The other three hens run the other way. LOL
  2. ChickiKat

    ChickiKat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2011
    Eastern Kansas
    Sounds like she likes you best!!!
  3. OldChurchEggery1

    OldChurchEggery1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 27, 2011
    How old are your hens? Mine started doing that right before they began laying eggs. If you have pullets, it may be that the female in question is about to come into production and the others aren't.
  4. WestfarthingHomestead

    WestfarthingHomestead Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2011
    Ha! I remember when my first hen started doing that. I told her, "Uh, I'm a happily married heterosexual, thanks anyway."[​IMG][​IMG]

    Really, they're such creatures of instinct. I was sure my hens would be clueless about what to do with a roost because their coop was too small for one and they always slept in the hay. Soon as they got a roost, up they went![​IMG]
  5. anderson8505

    anderson8505 Peace, Love & Happy Chickens

    Take it as encouragement that she sees you as a leader, destined to do great things. [​IMG]
  6. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    That's known as the "squat" which is both a sign of submission and a sexual maturity marker. She's either laying or close to laying.

    When any of my pullets or hens squat for me, I give 'em a quick skritch between the shoulder blades, another skritch at the base of their tail feathers, then a friendly pat on the back, saying "Good girl!"

    They stand back up and shake their feathers and go on their merry ways.
  7. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Yes, you are the object of her desires.
  8. epeloquin

    epeloquin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 11, 2011
    Western Massachusetts
    Quote:Exactly right. When my girls do that I shout "Look at the squatty girl!!" and I give them a scratch on their back or their sides. Different girls like it in different places. Their tail shoots up, their back arches and sometimes they purr. Then they frill, shake like crazy and go on their way. Funny.
  9. quesodano

    quesodano Out Of The Brooder

  10. Mikee1948

    Mikee1948 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2011
    Quote:Ha ha, my cat does the same thing! But he's a neutered male. [​IMG]

    Oh, and the hen in question is already laying.
    Last edited: Dec 2, 2011

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