why do chickens stand on 1 leg?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ticks, May 26, 2008.

  1. ticks

    ticks Pheasant Obsessed

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    I was observing chickens last night at a farm and I relized that some were standing on 1 foot a lot. How come?
     
  2. fivebigreds

    fivebigreds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cause if they pick both up they fall [​IMG]
    When most animals us included stand very long we rest one foot .
     
  3. drafthorse39

    drafthorse39 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's to conserve body heat.
     
  4. Godsgrl

    Godsgrl Ostrich wrangler

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    at the zoo usually
    Cause if they pick both up they fall
    When most animals us included stand very long we rest one foot .



    I am going to remember this one for the zoo. People ask me quite often why the flamingos stand on one foot. (I'm a volunteer there). Do you think they believe the 'resting one leg' theory? LOL Thanks five!!
     
  5. Bi0sC0mp

    Bi0sC0mp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    they are posing for penthouse chicken edtion..getting ready to make it in the big time......
     
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  6. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    I think it's to give one foot a rest, sort of like how a horse will cock one foot, or a person will shift weight to one foot.
     
  7. mandomama

    mandomama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are doing Ti chi [​IMG]
     
  8. seriousbill

    seriousbill Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Usually, they do that in cold weather, to warm up a foot by holding it close to the body. Then they'll warm up the other foot.
     
  9. drafthorse39

    drafthorse39 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  10. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    To check out their widdle toes?

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