Squatting

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by pacetruckguy, Jan 7, 2010.

  1. pacetruckguy

    pacetruckguy The West Coast Chicken Whisperer

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    OK, I have a newby question. Yesterday I went out to feed the chickens, and they all came running to the end of thier run to greet me , as usual. For the first time one of my hens squatted down as to ask me to pick her up. I have seen this behavior before, but it was the first time it was directed at me. It gave me kind of a warm feeling, and I bent over and petted her and she was very receptive. I started thinking about it and was wondering if this is a sexual thing and a way that the hen is receptive to a rooster, and because I have no rooster, does she think I'm her guy? or what?
    OK don't laugh too hard. I would like one of you old hats to clear this up for me though. Thanks!
     
  2. Poulets De Cajun

    Poulets De Cajun Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:Ding Ding Ding!!!! We have a winner....

    By squatting she is preparing to be mounted....
     
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  3. pacetruckguy

    pacetruckguy The West Coast Chicken Whisperer

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    Was that a nice way of calling me a ding dong? LOL!! Thanks.
     
  4. anthonyjames

    anthonyjames Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When mine started to squat they started laying for the first times about a week later. And every day when I go out to give oatmeal with blueberries to them 1/2 of them squat until they see the bowl. Then like a flash oatmeal is flying everywhere.
     
  5. pacetruckguy

    pacetruckguy The West Coast Chicken Whisperer

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    That's really encouraging. I've been carring for them for about two months now and no eggs. I can't wait for eggs!! You will all here about that, believe me!
     
  6. ADozenGirlz

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

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    You guessed it...squatting is a submissive gesture assumed by hens preparing for the rooster to do his thang.
     

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