Do my hens think I am a rooster?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ella&clara, Jun 20, 2011.

  1. ella&clara

    ella&clara Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I bring them food, I show them where to go and what to do, they have never seen an actual rooster, or adult chicken for that matter (bought them as babies from a feed store) and now two of them, when I try to pet them, instead of running, crouch onto the ground and sort of lay their wings apart towards the ground and sit there and enjoy me petting them. I believe I have read that this is the position they assume when mating. I would not say they are otherwise tame and want to be held or something. They all come running when I approach the pen because they want food, and they croon and sing towards me. What do you think? Oh, and we also got our first egg this morning, you can see pictures/story on my blog at http://maryannscountrygarden.blogspot.com/2011/06/our-first-egg.html?spref

    Thanks!
     
  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    You're a combination of a HUGE rooster (yes, they squat to mate) and that GIANT who brings them food. [​IMG]
     
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Congrats on your first egg! [​IMG]

    And yes, your hens are squatting for you. You are their rooster. A quick pat on the back and a "good girl" usually satisfies them. [​IMG]
     
  4. Mrs. Cannon

    Mrs. Cannon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Awwww! Mine do that too even though they have a roo around. I'm sure a chicken behavior specialist will post soon, but I always just. Let them and pat their little backs and send them on their merry way!
     
  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    They're hoping that you are.[​IMG]
     
  6. pinkwindsong

    pinkwindsong Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A quick pat on the back and a "good girl" usually satisfies them. [​IMG]
    ya know some days that would satisfy me too.. hahhaha [​IMG]

    )O(
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  7. ella&clara

    ella&clara Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks you all. I might get a rooster one day, because I do think they'd behave more naturally with him, but I have little children and I'd like them to be older before I introduce one.
     
  8. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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  9. alexalet

    alexalet Out Of The Brooder

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    Haha [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  10. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    No, they don't think you are a rooster. They are being submissive to the boss and showing their readiness to mate, their maturity.
     

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