Why do my hens arch backs/lift wings when approached????

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by stux2c, May 24, 2010.

  1. stux2c

    stux2c In the Brooder

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    So silly question....but we noticed with one of our Amauracanas would arch her back and lift up her wings a bit whenever approached to be picked up. Then I nticed a couple of the other Amauracanas started doing it...now our entire flock of 10 basically all do the same thing.

    Just curious. Anyone know if this is just a natural defensive thing or somethign else?
     

  2. azelgin

    azelgin Songster

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    They think you are the rooster and are being submissive in preparation for mating.[​IMG]
     
  3. stux2c

    stux2c In the Brooder

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    so basically my hens are horny? [​IMG]
     
  4. LadyinRed

    LadyinRed Songster

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    Quote:I'd have to say so! Get those girls a boy! Haha

    Mine still do it when I go to pick them up even though they have a rooster that definitely tries every chance he gets!

    I think it must just be a part of owning chickens.
     
  5. LOL Yeah, your girls are thinking you are their man! But the good news is this is a precourser to the laying stage. If your girls have not begun to lay yet, they should start soon!
     
  6. highcountrychickens

    highcountrychickens Head Rooster Jouster

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    Quote:what she said [​IMG]
     
  7. RM44

    RM44 Songster

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    You are their most supreme rooster, and master of the ladies [​IMG]. As a bonus, they'll probably start laying eggs for you pretty soon, if they're not laying already.
     

  8. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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  9. I was told that it means that they are probably laying and hormones are balanced. Ours stop doing it when they are molting or are broody. They're just not up for it at that time. [​IMG]
     

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