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Does this mean my chicken likes to be petted?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by WillowTreeFarm, Oct 23, 2011.

  1. WillowTreeFarm

    WillowTreeFarm Out Of The Brooder

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    Last night, I was petting on of my Marans while she was on the roost, they weren't zonked for the night yet. When I pet her back, she lifted her wings up a bit and stayed still. Did she like me petting her or was it a 'get away i don't like it' move? Thanks!
     
  2. AccentOnHakes

    AccentOnHakes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It was a squat.
     
  3. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    It is an act of submission. That is the position they use to allow a rooster to mate them.
     
  4. krcote

    krcote Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Fred's Hens :

    It is an act of submission. That is the position they use to allow a rooster to mate them.

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  5. WillowTreeFarm

    WillowTreeFarm Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok, thanks!!
     
  6. Cynthia12

    Cynthia12 Always Grateful Premium Member

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    Quote:Willow.. [​IMG]

    It's always fun to have them do that when you walk around them, some are more likely to squat than others, and let you pat them. I heard that giving them a pat, keeps them laying. Or, when they start squatting..if they haven't started laying yet, it will be soon. I know the latter is true.
     
  7. KSTALL

    KSTALL Out Of The Brooder

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    I was wondering the same thing. My 17 wk old RIR did that to me today. I,m hopeing to see an egg before winter.
     
  8. DanielB

    DanielB Out Of The Brooder

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    I have one that does that every time you walk in the run. Rather than move out of the way she just squats and stays where she is.
     
  9. Brody's Broodello

    Brody's Broodello Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not so much fun when you are walking behind them, they squat, you keep walking, not looking down, then see the hen "fly" across the yard. Because your foot just found the squatter!
    BWAK!!!!!!
     
  10. mommissan

    mommissan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I love it when they squat! I like to reach down and pet them, then give their tail a little shake. They fluff and shake after as if they've mated. Before they squat I can hardly get near them. Their feathers are so soft and silky......

    Have fun!
     

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