Is this normal or does my hen just really "like" me?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by HoneyHillPoultry, Oct 26, 2010.

  1. HoneyHillPoultry

    HoneyHillPoultry Hatching

    Oct 26, 2010
    Hello everyone [​IMG]

    SO... I have a 1yo amerucana hen who is constantly flirting with me [​IMG] . Whenever I am near her she crouches down in front of me with her wings kind of out and just stands there kinda "presenting" herself. I do not have any roosters, but I'm assuming this is how they signal their cooperation so-to-speak with his advances? Am I right or is this something else? She just stands there, I can pet her back and even give her gentle pats. This chicken is normally a little flighty otherwise and to everyone else. Is she trying to be submissive to me? I've never been rough with her. I have 10 other chickens and nobody else does it. My fiance calls her my secret admirer, I think he's getting jealous! [​IMG]
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2010

  2. nanawendy

    nanawendy Songster

    Dec 28, 2009
    Bellingham Wa
    [​IMG] YOUR Her Rooster [​IMG] [​IMG]
  3. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    She is signifying her submission to you, saying you're her Rooster. And it is normal.

    Only a few of my hens squat for me. And they don't do it all the time. When they do, I give a good skritch to the back of the neck down close to the "shoulders" just above the wings, another at the base of the tailfeathers, then a pat on the back, with a "Good girl!"

    They always shake their feathers when they stand up and go about their business, exactly as if they'd just been mounted by a rooster.

    I find it endearing, and consider it an honor.
  4. Nyxish

    Nyxish In the Brooder

    Nov 23, 2009
    oh goodness. My girls have started doing that, i thought they were being startled and thinking of flapping away. i just cooed over them. Huh.
  5. tamtam84

    tamtam84 Songster

    Mar 19, 2010
    SE Missouri
    Most of my girls squat for me. Not all the time though. Usually if it's getting dark and I go out to lock them up in their coop for the night and one of them is still out in the run, when I open the door to the run, she immediately squats. Almost like I scared her and that's a defense mechanism. Sometimes they'll do it in the morning too right after I let them out of the coop. I give them a good scratch and pat when they do squat, like gryeyes said. And mine usually shake their feathers after I pat them on the back, also like gryeyes said.

  6. HoneyHillPoultry

    HoneyHillPoultry Hatching

    Oct 26, 2010
    Lol, aw how cute! She started doing it a lot more frequently since I've been going out there to give them treats by hand everyday while they're free ranging. Well I feel very flattered. They sure are funny animals, always full of surprises [​IMG]
  7. MaryV

    MaryV In the Brooder

    Oct 14, 2010
    My girls must be little hussies cuz they will squat for just about anybody!
  8. QuinnP

    QuinnP Songster

    Mar 26, 2010
    sometimes my Arlo gives his ''distress call' til I pick him up, then he cuddles against my shoulder & coos happily, closes his eyes, oh its adorable
  9. lilysmama

    lilysmama In the Brooder

    Oct 24, 2010
    Lily, our Americauna is our absolute favorite! My oldest daughter Sierra likes to play the "How low can you go?" game with her. She is by far the friendliest of our 4 girls. Whenever we go to pet/love on her....she'll croutch down low as she can to the ground, and them let us pet her. She produces the least eggs......but my girls love her the best!

  10. HoneyHillPoultry

    HoneyHillPoultry Hatching

    Oct 26, 2010

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