She thinks I'm a Roo!!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by countrygirl4513, Aug 7, 2007.

  1. countrygirl4513

    countrygirl4513 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Buffy, my buff cochin, thinks I'm a roo! When I go outside if she is near and I squat to pet her she plops down in the mating position and shudders! Her little happy place pops out like I'm trying to mate with her. It is so funny and odd, I've never had a hen do this. I assume that she is getting ready to lay (her comb and waddle are turning red plus shes getting really talkative)and it is just natural for her to assume me as the big daddy roo. Since I've protected her etc. all her life. Anyone else had this happen?
     
  2. Heidi

    Heidi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 18, 2007
    Northwest Michigan
    Yes, in fact all my pullets that are laying right now do that - they are 22 weeks. Kind of odd, but they sure are easier to catch. I do have a roo, but he's only 14 weeks and he will not be going in the main coop with the girls until Labor Day weekend when I can keep an eye on things.
     
  3. broncbuster07

    broncbuster07 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I also have 2 hens that do that, 1 black australorp and 1 buff orp.
     
  4. FamilyOfChickens

    FamilyOfChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our gold sex links do that, too. They don't have a rooster.
     
  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    She's just submitting to the head of the flock. I have hens who will squat for me or my DH, but not the flock rooster, LOL. Hey, WE were here first!
     
  6. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Only my lowest hens in the pecking order do that. The older ones just come up and steal goodies!
     
  7. Shrader

    Shrader Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm glad i'm not the only one!
    All my laying hens are doing that right now
    and I thought it was a little weird.
    When I go to pet them, they do just what you described.
    Like you said, it does make them easier to catch.
     

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