Is this mating behavior?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by GSPx2, Sep 6, 2013.

  1. GSPx2

    GSPx2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of my hens, the one I think is not laying, has been crouching down, spreading its wings a bit and rapidly stomping her feet as a walk up to her. What does this mean? My laying hen only does it if I try to pick her up.
     
  2. kbishop33

    kbishop33 Just Hatched

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    One of my laying hens crouches like that both when I pick her up and when she hears a predator overhead. Maybe you scared your hen?
     
  3. WalkingOnSunshine

    WalkingOnSunshine Overrun With Chickens

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    That's common behavior. It's a submissive mating stance towards the alpha flock member--in this case, you. If your bird is a pullet, look for eggs soon. If she's an older hen that stopped laying for some reason, then expect her to come back into lay soon.
     
  4. GSPx2

    GSPx2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She is a pullet and she is the one not laying yet. So I look forward to her starting to lay!
     
  5. GSPx2

    GSPx2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She laid her fist egg today!
     
  6. WalkingOnSunshine

    WalkingOnSunshine Overrun With Chickens

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    Congratulations!
     

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