weird behavior...

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chelschix, May 10, 2011.

  1. chelschix

    chelschix Out Of The Brooder

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    a couple of my hens started acting different when i stand above them or reach to pick them up.
    The get really low to the ground and stiffen up wil their wings kind of out..
    one of them when they did this they like started to skae a little bit.
    i dont understand why they would do this, even after i pick them up they stay stiff and feel weird.
    not all of them do it only a couple.

    does anyone know what this might mean?
     
  2. Karrie13

    Karrie13 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 1, 2009
    Minnesota
    How old are they? Sounds like they are pullets that are getting ready to start giving you eggs!

    They will get low to the ground to allow the rooster to mount, they are showing you that you are their rooster (boss)!
     
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  3. chelschix

    chelschix Out Of The Brooder

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    yayy! i kinda thought those might b the ones laying.
    They are about 7 months
     
  4. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    They are squatting, which means they are closer to laying eggs. They are submitting to the rooster (you) for mating.
     
  5. BigDaddy'sGurl

    BigDaddy'sGurl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 14, 2010
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    Although, partaking of their offering would be some sort of eewwww crime...lol
     
  6. chelschix

    chelschix Out Of The Brooder

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    well i hope they all start doing this soon! it makes it much easier when trying to catch them to put them away!
     

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