What are they doing

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by the simple life, Oct 9, 2008.

  1. the simple life

    the simple life Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have some 24 week old black stars and while most of them will kind of sit when you pet them, there are a couple that squat and pull their wings forwards and kind of lift their butt a little, its almost a position where it looks like they are getting ready to charge or something, but they seem content to let you pet them.
    I have heard that if they sit when you pet them they are going to lay soon, but mine have been doing that for a while, but this new position is new.
    Any thoughts?
     
  2. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

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    They are squatting to show you that they are submissive to you. That is the position hens take for the Rooster when he's mating them. They think you're their Roo!! [​IMG]
     
  3. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Oh my gosh that is so funny! Do you have a roo???
     
  4. the simple life

    the simple life Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oh your kidding! These rotten little buggers have never shown anything but disdain for me since I got them, but the last week they have been following me around the yard.
    They even come up to my back door sqwaking sometimes, so I come out to see what they want but they all sit and look at me.
    I thought it was because they were looking for treats since all my efforts to win them over seemed to fail.
    I have a couple of roosters but they are scared to death of these hens.
    I had the hens first and then I got the other chickens like a month later but they have never integrated so I have two different flocks.
    I let them free range all day but these girls chase the others away from anything they deem fit.
    I threw some scratch out for all the chickens the other night and the girls kept chasing off all the others when they tried to get their share, and everytime a rooster saw them bombing towards them, they took off.
    I even said to my husband that I can't believe the roosters get bullied by them.

    That is funny though, how naive am I?
     

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