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The Chicken "Squat"

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Lunachick, Jun 22, 2007.

  1. Lunachick

    Lunachick Chicken Slave

    Mar 19, 2007
    Brick, NJ
    I'm new at this. My husband sez he's seen this in the cartoons of chickens - the chicken squat - That's when you go over to one of them to pick one up and they just see you coming and then "squat" with their wings out just a little bit. Is this a classic chicken move? They do it everytime. I think it's adorable. Or are they just a little scared, and trying to get used to us? They don't move away, just squat and wait for the pick up. Any ideas?
     
  2. Queen of the Lilliputians

    Queen of the Lilliputians Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 5, 2007
    Maine
    I think this has to do with waiting for the rooster. My li'l ones (5wks) don't squat that's for sure. They are too busy running! But I think once they reach egg-laying age they will.

    -Meghan
     
  3. chickbea

    chickbea Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 18, 2007
    Vermont
    They think you are a rooster coming to mate with them. The chickens who are lowest on the pecking order are the ones who will squat most readily.
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  4. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Yep. That's right. They think you are the roo.
     
  5. Lunachick

    Lunachick Chicken Slave

    Mar 19, 2007
    Brick, NJ
    OK! That makes sense! I still think it's cute.
     
  6. ThunderStruck

    ThunderStruck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does yours kinda "stomp" its feet real fast too at the same time as the squat and wing spreading? My one laying (so far) girl does this.

    Forrest
     
  7. Lunachick

    Lunachick Chicken Slave

    Mar 19, 2007
    Brick, NJ
    Yes Thunderstruck, I have two hens, and the "boss" Ruby does the stomp. The other one just squats. Interesting tho isn't it?
     
  8. Kelly FG

    Kelly FG Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Jan 13, 2007
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    I have a few that stomp & squat, my alpha hen ( I don't have roos) hardly squats, but she's kinda butchy:D
    Its really funny when you pet them & rub their neck while they are squatting, they let out little squeels. Then when you're done they sort of shake it off, I guess that's the hens equivelent of smoking a cigarette after sex:lau
     
  9. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    True LOL
     

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