Petting hens

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by chefgian, Jan 7, 2012.

  1. chefgian

    chefgian Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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!
     
  2. sunny & the 5 egg layers

    sunny & the 5 egg layers Overrun With Chickens

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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.
     
  3. chefgian

    chefgian Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay...I like my version better. lol. I promise I will not be mounting any hens in the near future!
     
  4. sunny & the 5 egg layers

    sunny & the 5 egg layers Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:Yeah, best to leave that job to the rooster. [​IMG]

    [​IMG] By the way!
     
  5. chefgian

    chefgian Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you!
     
  6. HetaChick

    HetaChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.
     
  7. chefgian

    chefgian Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have only been able to come up with names for two of my 19 chickens. Both are Seramas. Bella and Rocky.
     
  8. HetaChick

    HetaChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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 [​IMG]

    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.
     
  9. chefgian

    chefgian Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.
     
  10. GardenGal

    GardenGal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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 [​IMG]
     

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