Funny young hen behavior question?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Owingsia, Nov 7, 2012.

  1. Owingsia

    Owingsia In the Brooder

    Sep 28, 2012
    Saluda VA
    We have a Buff Cochen who is very sweet and curious. She follows me around and has not learned to let me pick her up. Ok so here is the odd behavior. I will call her name and say "Let me pick you up" She squats, flattens her tail, and sticks her wings out a little bit. I simply place my hand under her breast and scoop her up. What is the deal with the squatting because it dosnt help me pick her up. We have another hen who when I say "let me pick you up" just stands there and lets me scoop her up. I pick them up by cupping their breast and then putting my other hand under their feet.
  2. Blubirdz

    Blubirdz In the Brooder

    Dec 6, 2011
    southeast texas
    That is what a hen does when they want a roo to top them.She is simply letting you know it is ok to top her[​IMG]
  3. chfite

    chfite Songster

    Jun 7, 2011
    Taylors, SC
    Yes, it is an act of submission to your dominance. She would do it for a rooster as well.

  4. Owingsia

    Owingsia In the Brooder

    Sep 28, 2012
    Saluda VA
    Huh ok . Well what would make her think I am dominant? I only feed them and keep things clean. Sorry if that is a newb question.
  5. mrsc1951

    mrsc1951 Songster

    May 15, 2011
    Largo, Florida
    That is not just a newbie question and please feel free to ask any question you have if you don't understand what is going on with your chickens. They begin to "squat" when they are at point of laying. Cochins are very sweet and very curious. I have Cochin/Silver Laced Wyandotte cross that is huge. She is 27 weeks old and still appears to be growing - I'm not sure that is possible. She follows me around and will grab the hem of my pants or skirt if I don't pay attention to her immediately. Good luck with your girls. And [​IMG]

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