Is this squatting?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by downtownjb80, Sep 14, 2011.

  1. downtownjb80

    downtownjb80 Out Of The Brooder

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    My hens are about 17 weeks old. When I put my hand on their back they drop their tails and try to walk away. One of them stopped and let me rub her back for a while but only once, they all try to get away from me. Is this squatting or are they just trying to escape?
     
  2. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    Usually when they "squat" they spread their wings away from their bodies as well. THen, if you pet them a few times, they'll "shake it off" - like when a dog or horse shakes.
     
  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    No not a squat. When they squat, they don't walk. They hunker down with their wings out and head down a bit. And when you pet them they get up and fluff off.
     
  4. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

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    Sorry, it's not. It won't be too long though. Good luck with your first egg!
     
  5. downtownjb80

    downtownjb80 Out Of The Brooder

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    Well whatever it is I got an egg today!
     
  6. happyhensny

    happyhensny Brown Barns Farm

    Good deal-breakfast!
     
  7. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Congrats!
     
  8. pooh731

    pooh731 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    when u reach for the hens back and she spreds her wings a bit and lets u give her a good back scratchin,she may even drop to the ground and raise her tail,twitchin it to the side a bit and opening her vent.....this ain't squatin.... it's what she does with a rooster...if she doesn't want to “play” she will raise her head, lower her butt and scooch away.
     
  9. AngelaClassAct

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    Quote:Exactly! And this is how I catch some of my chickens, I put gentle pressure on their backs to get them to squat so I can pick them up. They do that because that's what they do when they go for a ride with the rooster.
     

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