"Strange" Chicken behavior

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Tylt33, Jul 21, 2011.

  1. Tylt33

    Tylt33 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My wife and I were watching one of our girls laying on the patio on her side, wing out stretched. She laid there for a minute or so, then got up, and changed sides. It's in the 80's outside. I figured she was just sunning herself. My wife made me go check on her. She came trotting up, greeted me, pecked at me, etc. Now my DW is worried something is wrong with our chicken, like maybe she is "egg bound" and trying to self-medicate. DW knows just enough about our chooks to worry. Can y'all help me out and post that our chicken was just sunning herself? DW doesn't believe me [​IMG]
     
  2. newchickgal

    newchickgal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If she is eating and drinking ok and all else seems normal then I think it's all ok. From watching my two hens they like to do things like that, must be their way of relaxing.
     
  3. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    Have you ever seen a chicken take a dust bath? Sorta sounds like she was mimicking that behavior.

    I'm sure she's fine! [​IMG]
     
  4. kmarks613

    kmarks613 Out Of The Brooder

    Two of my girls have been doing a very similar thing today, and it's a very hot day. They're happy, affectionate, eating, and drinking so I'm confidant they're just out there cooling off. :)
     
  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    She is sunning herself. It's a common practice in birds of all species. My pigeons do this on top of their loft all of the time. Wild birds also exhibit similar behavior.
     
  6. Tylt33

    Tylt33 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you all very much!!! I just read your replies to DW. She is must relieved and trusts in your judgements... just not mine [​IMG]
     

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