Is This Normal??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by rdranch, Aug 23, 2007.

  1. rdranch

    rdranch Songster

    Apr 13, 2007
    We have 18 girls that have been very happy and healthy since thet were chicks. At 23 weeks of age most of them are laying very well. One thing I have noticed with their behaviour is that most of them when I reach down to pick them up or pet them or want to move them out of the way to get from one place to the other they will sort of squat down and half spread out their wings as if in a defensive posture. Is this Normal? If I need to post a picture of this I can.

    Ranch Members: 1 AQHA, 1 LaMancha Goat, 2 mixed Labs, 1 Junk Yard Dog (the baby of the family), 1 Black Mexican King Snake, 3 Red Stars, 3 EEs, 3NHRs, 3 Columbian Wyandottes, 3 Speckled Sussex, 3 Buff Orps.
  2. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    Perfectly normal...That's called "the Squat" and the hen will do that if she's willing to allow the rooster to mate her.
  3. rosyposyosy

    rosyposyosy Songster

    Jul 11, 2007
    thats so you will mount them [​IMG]
  4. rdranch

    rdranch Songster

    Apr 13, 2007
    That's weird seeing as we DO NOT and have NEVER had a rooster any where near them, other than a picture of a rooster hung by the entrance to the nesting box. A friend gave of us the picture after we told them we were raising chickens. He said it would promote egg production. I think it works pretty well. It's so very rewarding to witness natural behavior for the first time with animals that you are new to raising!!! Thank you for the info!!!
  5. agenstr

    agenstr Hatching

    Aug 24, 2007
    elk county pa
    what i have noticed in this behavior with my hens is that they do this same motion when they are receptive to an approaching rooster. so i dont knowif maybe they are confused or what while in some type of "chicken heat".
  6. suburbanfarmer

    suburbanfarmer In the Brooder

    Aug 11, 2007
    Point Reyes Station, CA
    I have four hens and no roosters, never have, and my hens will do that when the more dominant hen approaches in an aggressive way. I think they do it to show their subordenance to the more dominant being.
  7. okiechick57

    okiechick57 Songster

    I have one little americauna that does this................ no roo needed.she has me [​IMG]

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