Strange behaviour

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by eggmeon01, Aug 27, 2011.

  1. eggmeon01

    eggmeon01 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi,

    Can someone help me, when i reach down to pick up my hen she stands frozen to the spot and sort of raises her wings/shoulders and put her head down, is this some sort of protection stance, she kust stands ridgit, when i move away she carries on as normal- sorry for asking stupid questions:/
     
  2. vstoltzfus

    vstoltzfus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does she squat? If so, it's a sign she's reaching sexual maturity, and egg laying is just around the corner!
     
  3. eggmeon01

    eggmeon01 Out Of The Brooder

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    yeah she does, i thought she was protecting herself, thank you for advise
     
  4. eggmeon01

    eggmeon01 Out Of The Brooder

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    So can someone tell me what to look for when a hen is about to lay, should i be looking out for anything in particular [​IMG]
     
  5. babigyrl22

    babigyrl22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Welcome! Well the sqatting sign that you mentioned lets you know that she's getting close. Now, not all of my birds sing the "egg song" but if you here the bawk bawk baKAWK!!!.....oh boy...there is an egg on the way! [​IMG]
     
  6. eggmeon01

    eggmeon01 Out Of The Brooder

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    [​IMG] thanks
     
  7. Alethea

    Alethea Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's the egg squat. congratulations, you are her rooster.
     
  8. nanawendy

    nanawendy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Also her comb and face gets really red. It's going to be soon... good luck [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  9. ChicKat

    ChicKat Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Hi eggmeon,

    A couple of other behaviors will be your pullet will investigate good places for egg laying. Sometimes they also (so I hear) act a little grouchy while approaching their first egg. Oh yes...and more vocalizations than usual. squawking and clucking more than they did before.
     
    Last edited: Aug 27, 2011
  10. Sarahnl

    Sarahnl Out Of The Brooder

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    haha, a couple of my hens do the same thing sometimes when we approach them. I always interpreted it almost like a child or dog allowing you to pick them up. I guess it makes more sense that it's a submissive-rooster-type reaction. hahaha. i thought it was a sign they love us! [​IMG]
     

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