Why do my hens squat when I go to pet them?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by bryan8, Oct 14, 2009.

  1. bryan8

    bryan8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When I reach down to pet or grab a chicken they squat down and vibrate there feet on the ground. Sometimes they raise there butt real high...

    Do they like think I'm going to mount them ?? Hahaha :p

    ~Bryan
     
  2. wombat

    wombat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 23, 2009
    Well, in short, yes.

    It's a submissive behavior.
     
  3. cybercat

    cybercat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep they are telling you they are mature and ready to mate. Mine do it even though we have a rooster.
     
  4. ams3651

    ams3651 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 23, 2008
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    yes, its submissive behavior and be glad, it makes them easier to catch [​IMG]
     
  5. apukanski

    apukanski Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My white leghorns do that too.
     
  6. L*A*G*

    L*A*G* Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i agree with cybercat but it could also mean that the roo gets ruff with them if they disobey or try to get away

    watch them in the morning and see.
     
  7. silkypie

    silkypie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of my leghorns does it and I will pick her up and carry her around the yard and pet her.

    I was curious as to what it meant.

    Thanks for asking the question! [​IMG]
     
  8. dpaulson

    dpaulson New Egg

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    Most of my chickens do the same thing! I was so wondering why! Thank you!
     

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