strange behavior

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jesskoot, Nov 6, 2009.

  1. jesskoot

    jesskoot Out Of The Brooder

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    My Austrolorpe, which is 21 wks, has started 'squatting' and thumping her right foot on the ground when I reach to pet or pick her up? She never did this before - any ideas? No observation of harrassment from the other three....
     
  2. wombat

    wombat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 23, 2009
    She's getting close to laying age. It's a submissive / mating behavior.

    She's probably spreading her wings out a bit as well, or soon will.
     
  3. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I don't know about the foot thumping, but the squatting is usually submission to the roo (you in this case) and is one of the indicators of maturity. Is she laying yet? If not, I bet it will be in the next week or two. [​IMG]

    ETA: I don't type fast enough.
     
    Last edited: Nov 6, 2009
  4. Scoot58

    Scoot58 Out Of The Brooder

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    Mine thump their feet sometimes too when they squat. I give mine a nice strong pat and talk to them when they squat. It is a sign of them maturing and they should lay soon.
     
  5. jesskoot

    jesskoot Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks to everyone for replying = I am so excited to learn that she may lay eggs soon I'll be watching her like a h_wk!
     

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