Squatting?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ilovemychickies, Nov 21, 2007.

  1. Hi! Whenever I come near my hens, they all squat down with their shoulders up. I was wondering what it means. [​IMG] Thanks in advance![​IMG]
     
  2. okiechick57

    okiechick57 Songster

    [​IMG] It means they think YOU are the rooster......... [​IMG]
     
  3. jazzchicken

    jazzchicken Songster

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    Nice one okiechick
     
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  4. [​IMG] YIKES! Thanks for telling me! One more quick question. Whenever they do that I always scratch their backs, should I stop? Thanks!
     
  5. okiechick57

    okiechick57 Songster

    haha.........I scratch mine.......... it won't hurt them and soon they will realize YOU are not the roo they want [​IMG]
     
  6. I am glad that I don't have to stop scratching their backs, they seem to enjoy it. Thanks again for telling me Okiechick! Happy Thanksgiving to all! [​IMG]
     
  7. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

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    I just tucked my girls in for the night. Buffy, Penguin, Easter, and Flyer all
    did the squat for me. They are so affectionate.


    Technique:

    Give them a little scratch on the back of their neck. Move down the back,
    scratching the whole time, until you get to the base of their back. Give one
    last scratch. Then, using your thumb and middle finger to massage their
    sides, right behind their wings but in front of their tail. If you do it
    correctly their tails will rise into the air. Continue rubbing for a few
    seconds while the tails are in the air. Then stop.

    If they stand up and do a quick shake you have done it correctly. Good job.

    Also see https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=22570
     
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  8. okiechick57

    okiechick57 Songster

    Quote:purple chicken,you are hilarious.......... simply hilarious.....[​IMG]
     
  9. DrumStick

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  10. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    PC...I think you've been peering into the candler too long...you need to get some sleep!!!!
     

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