Weird squatting thing??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by doberman44, Aug 14, 2010.

  1. doberman44

    doberman44 In the Brooder

    Apr 28, 2010
    North Attleboro
    Het all chickens are doing something and I have not seen them do it before...when I bend down to pet them they do this squatting thing....they squat down and put their wings back as if you or I would put our elbows backwards and they just stay there...they used to scamper away but now they stay...I heard of this egg laying squat but they are a bit young for to this as these are my first six hens. only 16 weeks Mon. 2 RR, 2BR, 2PR...thanks if you can help me with this behavior.


  2. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

    Aug 17, 2008
    Larry, KS
    My Coop
    Quote:Congratulations!! They are submitting to you so you could, erhm...climb aboard! They see you as the roo, so, it's a signal they're ready to mate.

    It also indicates you'll be getting eggs any day now!

    Some more utilitarian breeds mature early. I had sever BR lay at 16 & 17 weeks. My Wellies hit the deck for a month before they actually lay, and my Marans never really seem to do it. It varies.
    Last edited: Aug 14, 2010
  3. lindseythefork

    lindseythefork Songster

    Aug 31, 2008
    Humboldt County, CA
    Looks like you already got your answer, but yup, all hens do this. [​IMG]

  4. Annabella

    Annabella Songster

    Apr 17, 2010
    Three of my girls always do that - and let me pick them up. [​IMG]
    The other three - I am not allowed near them!! [​IMG]

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