Hey I'm new and have just one question

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by teddyelsen, Oct 19, 2012.

  1. teddyelsen

    teddyelsen New Egg

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    I just started my whole chicken adventure and this site has been the most helpful tool along the way.
    I have four hens that I bought from someone nearby Chico/ Paradise area.
    A 9 month-1 year old White Leghorn
    One 5, and one 4, month old Barred Rock girl
    Rhodie that's about 5 months too

    I bought them as pullets and they have been great, took a little while for them to get warmed up to me (They were basically totally free range the rest of their lives at their previous home)

    Once the leghorn Snow White relaxed, she started laying eggs 1 a day like clockwork but I noticed her behavior changed a lot at the same time and more than the others who were not laying. Instead of fleeing to the corner of the coop when I reached too close in she would raise her wings, get really low and stomp for a second.

    Now that Pepper, my older of the two Barred Rocks has began laying, (just this week too!!) she's adopted the same ritual. Stomping the feet, getting really low and raising the wings.

    The other two girls I've never seen do this, what does it mean in chicken??

    My instincts tell me they are trying to protect there nest, and go mama bear.... but... they have also gotten much less scared in general and are much calmer when being pet and even picked up than the other two
     
  2. ChickensRDinos

    ChickensRDinos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Your laying hens have accepted you as their rooster. Congrats! They are squatting so their rooster can mate them and to show submission. Only laying hens do it and it is normal for their behavior and personality to change after they start laying. The behavior is normal no need to worry.
     
  3. teddyelsen

    teddyelsen New Egg

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    So fascinating! Thank you
     
  4. ChickensRDinos

    ChickensRDinos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Lol. It does make them easy to catch and handle. It is interesting to see instinct at work.
     
  5. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us!
     
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    nova022 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good question, I learned something too!
     
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    aaabirdman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to BYC
     
  8. Melabella

    Melabella Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] Great place to learn, laugh, and find so many chicken crazy peeps like yourself!


    I am new to this too, my small flock is only 12 weeks old, so I am not at the stage of laying or submission yet! Can't wait till they do!

    Do all hens do this after they lay? Do they stop doing it if they go through molt or during the winter?

    I will surely welcome a bit quieter personality! Mine don't want any part of me picking them up, or touching them. I have handled them a lot since day 1!

    Welcome again!
    MB
     
  9. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    [​IMG]. Glad you got the answer to your question! That's very interesting
     
  10. Big A Chickens

    Big A Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi and :welcome So glad you joined us!!! :weee
     

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