squatting chicken

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by kichohana, Aug 9, 2010.

  1. kichohana

    kichohana Songster

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    so i have 2 columbian wyandottes and 2 speckled sussex, all about 18 weeks old. they are all very sweet girls. last week this strange behavior started. every time i open the door to go in their run they come greet me - usually because i have treats. Betsey, one of the wyandottes, immediately squats down to the ground and kinds spreads her wings out. [​IMG] she does this every time without fail. she's healthy and otherwise a "normal" hen. both wyandottes just started laying this week. anyone out there have an explanation for the squatting when i enter their run?
     
  2. BYC_In_Long_Beach

    BYC_In_Long_Beach In the Brooder

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    It is the mating squat! They think you are a Rooster! My hens do the same thing.
     
  3. peterlund

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    Your girls are coming of age! Congrats... Eggs soon to follow..... [​IMG]
     
  4. flowerfaerie1

    flowerfaerie1 In the Brooder

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    Some of my hens do this too, however, I always took it as their way of anticipating me petting them. I get close, the squat down, I give them a pet and we are all happy.[​IMG]
     
  5. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    The squat is submission to a dominant, usually the rooster. They submit to mating by squatting for the rooster to mount them.

    So, generally, it means they think you're the Boss. [​IMG]
     
  6. My sex links began to squat just before they began to lay. One was a hold out, Lucille would not squat...her face was red so I knew she was close to laying. Last week we were in the run when Lucille squatted for my husband who was able to pet her...otherwise she did not want you touching her. Today she was the first one to lay her egg.
     
  7. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Lookin' for lovin'. An indicator that egg laying is about to commence.
     
  8. FarmGirl01

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    They think you are a rooster. Get ready for eggs.
     
  9. ADozenGirlz

    ADozenGirlz The Chicken Chick[IMG]emojione/assets/png/00ae.png

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    Warm up the frying pan, it won't be long now!!! [​IMG]
     
  10. Peepfreak59

    Peepfreak59 In the Brooder

    [​IMG] Mine do too!! It seems very sweet and they are so friendly now.
     

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