Posturing Question

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Christydvm, Aug 10, 2011.

  1. Christydvm

    Christydvm New Egg

    Feb 20, 2011
    I currently have 6 hens that I have raised & are now all laying. I do not have any roosters, but there are a few on the next farm over from me that my girls can hear crowing. Recently, I have noticed that when I walk into ther coop, 2 of them will posture (squat down, wings lifted a bit & tail lifted) like they are awaiting the rooster to breed them. My question is, when they posture this way is it of any benefit to pet them (along their back/head/tail) during this posturing?? I mean, will it stimulate more egg production if I pet them than if they are not petted during the posturing? They all allow me to pet them normally when in the coop as they were hand raised. Any help would be appreciated.
  2. colebarnhart

    colebarnhart Chillin' With My Peeps

    Good question, sorry, but no clue
  3. SycolinWoodsChickens

    SycolinWoodsChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2010
    Northern Virginia
    Squatting just has to do with sexual maturity. Mine do it all the time when we have a roo or when we don't.

    I just give them a pet and shake their tail. I get just as many eggs when I pay attention to them when they squat then when I don't.

    So, IMHO, it will not impact laying production.
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2011
  4. Christydvm

    Christydvm New Egg

    Feb 20, 2011
    Thats what I figured, but was just interested [​IMG]
  5. Pele

    Pele Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2011
    Congrats, your girls consider you to be their rooster [​IMG]. It means they trust you and see you as a source of protection and food. I don't know if it'll increase their egg production or anything, but it does build a bond with them to just give em a quick pat. They'll stick close to you and 'chat' with you.

    I actually have one girl who will ignore the rest of the flock after I give her a patting. She'll follow me around devotedly for about 5 minutes. I tell her that it doesn't mean we're going steady or anything, but she ignores me and chats away about her day.
  6. bakerjw

    bakerjw Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2010
    Johnson City, Tn
    +1 for building a bond. Of all of my chickens only the 8 original girls are really friendly with people so they do this the most. Of course being the first chickens that I picked up means that they got a lot of attention. They will follow me around the run stomping their feet to get my attention. They keep it up until I finally give them the rooster rubdown after which they fluff their feathers and trot off on chicken business.
  7. meowteri2

    meowteri2 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 4, 2010
    chicago sw suburbs
    I liked when they started doing that cause they stayed in one spot if I wanted to catch them. The young ones kinda run away and I have to chase them around. Can't wait till they start doing that.

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