is this common?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Greg88, Jan 13, 2016.

  1. Greg88

    Greg88 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have 4 BO hens and one suspected RSL hen. (need to take pics to post to confirm)

    A couple of the BO hens (fairly frequently, couple times a week) and the RSL (once) do something that I consider a bit odd and cool.

    We have tried to handle them quite a bit to keep them tame since we brought them home as day old chicks.

    They will either:
    1) Run up to you and "squat" down next to you, allowing you to pick them up and pet them without fuss.
    2) When you walk up to them and they are next to the fence or some other place where they are "somewhat cornered" they may "squat" down and let you pick up and pet w/o fuss.

    Most times they all will come up and eat treats from your hand but will avoid being picked up or petted.
    I know BO's are friendly, but the "squatting" part has me perplexed...
     
  2. samantha LW

    samantha LW Out Of The Brooder

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    They are positioning for a rooster. It means "here comes an egg"
     
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    It's a submissive behavior and a sign of sexual maturity. Hens who have a rooster don't usually squat for humans. In a hen only flock, they tend to see the human as the dominant. You reaching down from above triggers the same response as a rooster attempting to mate, and they squat.

    If they're not laying yet, it means eggs will be coming soon, as they're sexually receptive [​IMG]
     
  4. Greg88

    Greg88 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks ALL!!
    they have been laying for a couple months now.
    Thinking back, it started about the time they started laying
    little embarrassed I didn't know this!!
     
  5. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    From the looks of the birds in your profile pic, it looks like you have 3 Buff Orpingtons, 1 Production Red (too dark to be buff), and 1 gold sexlink (white in the tail feathers).
     
  6. Greg88

    Greg88 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks Junebugga!!
    I will take better pics and post for your verification!!
     
  7. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Oh honey don't be embarrassed. Who on earth would have thought to research if a hen would think a human was a rooster? It's kind of a weird thing they do, and pretty much limited to chickens as far as I know.
     
  8. Harborotter

    Harborotter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just started a thread about this yesterday as one of my pullets is doing the exact same thing. I figured that was what she was doing but I was concerned that she was more interested in my husband than the two roosters that we have provided our ladies. [​IMG]
     
  9. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    My girls prefer me to the rooster or the cockerel. It makes them so angry and frustrated. Everytime I go out, the girls come running to see if I have anything for them, then the rooster starts trying desperately to find something to draw their interest back to him. Poor boy hasn't figured out yet that dried leaves and twigs can't compete with scratch.
     
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  10. EggyTheHen

    EggyTheHen Out Of The Brooder

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    In the Henhouse!
    I'm not sure if it's common but...
    My hens do it, and I love that they let me! [​IMG]
     

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