Petting hens

chefgian

Songster
8 Years
May 10, 2011
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Stow, OH.
I am a newbie chicken owner...I've had chickens since March of 2010. It is by far the best decision I have ever made. I hand raised my first three, held them a lot and got them used to human contact. I still have one of them (a RIR maybe?) that my niece lovingly named KFC. I gave away the rooster and sold the silver seabright, bought some seramas and an easter egger,lost the easter egger, sold some seramas, got a golden laced wyandot and a salmon faverole. A few months later, got some more seramas and frizzles, traded some seramas for 2 easter eggers. All of my chickens were social with people except the easter eggers. They had never had human contact (they were 4 months old when I got them). KFC started laying late July or August and started this odd behavior. When I would go into the coop to retrieve the egg, she would crouch down and push her wings back a little. It took me a few times to realize she wanted to be pet (so adorable). A few months later my salmon faverole started laying. Although she didn't have much contact before with me, she started the same behavior. After I brought home the frizzles, one of them would do the same thing. I currently have 11 outside and 8 inside. 1 RIR?, 1 Golden laced wyandot, 1 salmon faverole, 3 serama hens, 2 serama roosters, 2 easter eggers, 3 frizzles and 6 serama babies (hatched on Christmas Eve). I have the most beautiful variety of brown eggs, white eggs, and blue/green eggs of various sizes. I am in love and I hope with time, more of my chickens will crouch down to be pet!
 

sunny & the 5 egg layers

Crowing
8 Years
Mar 29, 2011
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Most hens will do this once they reach laying age. They think you are their rooster and are waiting for the rooster to mount them. I usually just pat the hen on the back and send her on her way.
 

chefgian

Songster
8 Years
May 10, 2011
83
7
101
Stow, OH.
Okay...I like my version better. lol. I promise I will not be mounting any hens in the near future!
 

HetaChick

Songster
8 Years
May 31, 2011
389
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California
LOL.

My significant other calls my chicken KFC….

…and her babies KFC Juniors…. XDDD

My hen displays that behavior towards me as well though haha, but I guess you can look at it as they respect you too, or are submissive to you. Hens will run away and put up a struggle against roosters they do not accept as dominant.
 

chefgian

Songster
8 Years
May 10, 2011
83
7
101
Stow, OH.
I have only been able to come up with names for two of my 19 chickens. Both are Seramas. Bella and Rocky.
 

HetaChick

Songster
8 Years
May 31, 2011
389
5
103
California
Well… My signature pretty much says it XD I have a hen named Chicken and my baby chick's name is Aiko (if it's a girl) and maybe Aidan or something like that if it's a boy. I haven't named my hen's chicks because they go to my friend


Still I'm awful at naming, once I can have a full flock though I think I'll name them funny things or something people would laugh at.
 

chefgian

Songster
8 Years
May 10, 2011
83
7
101
Stow, OH.
To be absolutely honest there are two reasons I have not named them. One, because I can't come up with good names and two, because I can't seem to remember when I have named them what their names were. lol so I gave up.
 

GardenGal

Songster
8 Years
Mar 11, 2011
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Western WA
Sound like you're doing a great job! I was surprised when our hens went submissive on me - I noticed it happened after we re-homed the roosters, don't know if that was a coincidence. One good thing, it makes them really easy to catch
 
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