The two roosters of our thirteen-hen flock got mean, so we had them for dinner several months ago. A while after that, we noticed that some of the hens would rapidly squat down and slightly spread their wings when a human walked by closely - the ubiquitous mating behaviour of a hen. The thing that seemed to induce this the most was when a human tried to grab a hen. Since then, said behaviour has become more and more frequent, so that barely a day goes by without at least one hen doing the mating squat as we walk around the hens doing our daily business. It seemes to be rather evenly spread throughout the flock, no hen really does it more than another. And again, I can't remember us ever seeing this when we had rooster(s). Does anyone recognize this? Is it a problem? Are the hens lovesick? From our perspective, it's rather handy. Our chickens are a bit shy, and if they squat instead of running away it's practical when we need to catch them for whatever reason.