is it bad to pet your chicken when they squat?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ZetaPet, Oct 14, 2014.

  1. ZetaPet

    ZetaPet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a flock of 17 chickens. They all started running up to me and squatting all at once. My family and me thought it was funny cuz we could pet them. Will it cause them harm to pet them when they squat?
     
  2. bekahubbell

    bekahubbell Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not at all. That usually means they are close to laying. The submissive squat. Pet away!
     
  3. Hilacraft

    Hilacraft Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No.. You can pet them all they want! Chickens squat for the rooster can mate them. It is a sign they will start laying soon.
     

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