Is this squatting!?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by epeloquin, Aug 26, 2011.

  1. epeloquin

    epeloquin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 11, 2011
    Western Massachusetts
    One of my Rhodies (all my girls are 17 weeks old) has been sporting her full comb and wattles for several weeks now. Over the last week I have noticed her being more approachable. Normally she would not let me touch her. Lately she has been following me some and sometimes she will come sit on my lap. The other day she sat and preened for a while. Anyway, today she came up on my lap and I started scratching her back (I always do that with the ones who sit on my lap) but when I did she squatted down and sort of cupped her wings out a little. Then, when they had gone up onto their roost I was in the coop "saying good night" and she came over to me (still on the roost) and did the same thing.

    Is this the start of squatting?
  2. dianaross77

    dianaross77 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 10, 2010
    Grand Blanc, MI
    That's squatting. When she does it and you push on her back and rub gently she should shake it off when you stop. Mine all do it when I open the run door or move my hand near them.
  3. Fierlin1182

    Fierlin1182 powered-flight

    Aug 26, 2011
    That sounds like what happened to me when the chickens were around a similar age. I didn't know there was a technical term for it though!

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