Do we need a Rooster?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by buckeye lady, Oct 17, 2008.

  1. buckeye lady

    buckeye lady Songster

    Sep 29, 2008
    Rootstown Ohio
    I have 14 hens that just started to lay eggs. I am new to chickens. I chose to start with just pullets. My ladies seem perfectly happy without a man around--But Lately they "posture" when I pet them- squatting- tails up, heads down, wings partially spread, holding perfectly still. They seem to be "assuming the position" [​IMG]. Is this just "hen puberty" and will pass or do they want a Roo?
  2. miss_jayne

    miss_jayne Lady_Jayne

    Jun 26, 2008
    Columbiaville, MI
    they are honoring YOU as their rooster! they are 'squatting' for you.

    you don't need a roo, it's a personal thing. if you want fertile eggs, you need a roo. if you want a 'man' to run with the flock, it's a nice addition.

    it just comes down to preference and what your ultimate goals are with your flock.

    blessings for a healthy and happy flock!
  3. Attack Chicken

    Attack Chicken [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Hu

    Sep 25, 2008
    Indianapolis, IN
    All pullets squat lol
  4. timbofarms

    timbofarms Songster

    Jun 11, 2008
    Humboldt/West TN
    If can't be said any better than that:thumbsup
  5. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    It's submissive behavior. You are the king/queen of the flock, so they squat for you. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

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