Is This Normal?! Tail Fanning

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mimipeaches, Jan 22, 2019.

  1. mimipeaches

    mimipeaches Songster

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    Is this normal and if so why do only two of my pullets do this??And they only do it if I pick them up. IMG_1916.jpg
     
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  2. DobieLover

    DobieLover Easily distracted by chickens

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    Yes it's normal.
    It's a reflexive reaction where the bird feels she needs counter balance when you pick her up. Mine do this too
     
  3. The Phantom

    The Phantom I love birds!!!

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    I have a hen that literally struts. Lol
     
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  4. mimipeaches

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    Why do only two of them do it? And they haven't always done this so why did they start now? One started just the other day.
     
  5. DobieLover

    DobieLover Easily distracted by chickens

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    Couldn't tell ya! Some of mine do, some don't.
     
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  6. ChooksNQuilts

    ChooksNQuilts Crowing

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    I have a couple that do that in the nest box because they’re broody.
     
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  7. DobieLover

    DobieLover Easily distracted by chickens

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    When a hen does it without being picked up and she is broody the tail fanning, along with puffing up all her feathers, is to try to look bigger to intimidate a potential threat to her offspring, present or future.
     
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