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What does "dropped wings' mean? Related to my other post

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by deedles, Jan 31, 2009.

  1. deedles

    deedles Songster

    Apr 5, 2007
    I saw someone mention that their chicken was sick and showing 'dropped wings' and "they knew that wasn't a good sign"... Mine are doing that.. just noticed it about 2 days ago. What I mean is usually if I reach in to try to pick one up, they scatter and run... the other day my Amauricana kind of squatted down and spread her wings out.. she's never done that before and I thought it odd. Today, I went to pick up one of my Wyandottes and she did the same thing.. didn't run from me at all. My husband said, "wow, when's the last time you were able to pick one of those girls up?"

    What does that mean.. is it a sign they are sick?
    Last edited: Jan 31, 2009
  2. n2h20

    n2h20 Songster

    May 7, 2008
    Pasadena Ca
    it sounds like it's "the squat" we all talk about.
  3. crtrlovr

    crtrlovr Still chillin' with my peeps

    um, yeah. How old are your girls? It sounds suspiciously like they're amenable to mating, or in other words, "I'm in the mood for love, simply because you're near me... " [​IMG]
  4. #1California Chick

    #1California Chick Songster

    Dec 5, 2008
    SF Bay Area
    "The Squat" means that they are getting ready to be mated!!
  5. n2h20

    n2h20 Songster

    May 7, 2008
    Pasadena Ca
    i dont think it has anything to do with your other post.,,
  6. Yep, mating. Basically, because you're 'the boss' they take your going over to them as you going to mate. Because hens are the more subbordinate (sp?), they don't put up a fight and 'wait for it to be over'. When my hens were a few months old, they'd start this when I went to pick them up. It was funny to watch them squabble when I picked them up, like: 'Hey, you aren't supposed to do that!' [​IMG] After a few days of picking them up, they got the message that I wasn't trying to mate them, and left that to the roosters instead.

    So, in other words, they're saying: 'You're the boss, do what you gotta do, just make it quick.' [​IMG]

    Chickens are so old-fashioned. [​IMG]
  7. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    yeah. It's a sign they are horny, not sick [​IMG]

    the droopy wings people talk about occasionally with sick birds is when the bird is feeling weak enough it can't be bothered holding its wings properly folded and the tips trail down. The whole bird is droopy and slow and sad. You'd know it if you saw it.

    Have fun,

  8. BeccaOH

    BeccaOH Morning Gem Farm

    Oct 3, 2008
    east central Ohio
    I searched "horney" and found this thread.

    I named one of my 4 red production pullets Bathsheba because every time I step into the pen she does this squat in front of me. I can't get her to move until I scratch her back. I've picked her up and told her I'm not a roo, but she hasn't gotten the message yet. [​IMG]

    All 4 pullets just started to lay eggs.

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