Why do ready-to-lay hens squat or dance

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by epeloquin, Jul 13, 2011.

  1. epeloquin

    epeloquin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have six pullets who are 12 weeks old. My father-in-law has seven laying hens. When someone walks up to them they squat low to the ground and do a wierd little dance with their feet. I have also heard of layers or almost-layers who squat when someone comes near.

    Why do they do this?
     
  2. Delta2 23

    Delta2 23 Flock Master

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    I have wondered exactly the same thing. Mine do it all the time: some slink away when you try to pat them, others get right down and stay squatted for ages! [​IMG]

    Perhaps they think we're rooster [​IMG]
     
  3. saddina

    saddina Internally Deranged

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    It's a submissive mating posture. Sorta a hen's way of saying "take me big boy".
     
  4. pjknust

    pjknust Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In my personal opinion, I think its submission, coz you are top chicken. Mine do that too.
     
  5. karlamaria

    karlamaria Chillin' With My Peeps

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    same as a cat in heat, they are ready to
    breed.
     
  6. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    They are submitting. If you were a rooster, you would hop right on and take advantage of the opportunity to mate.

    When mine do that for me, I give 'em a skritch on the back of the neck just above the shoulders, another skritch at the base of the tail, and a final pat on the middle of the back, saying, "Good girl!" Then the hens stand up and fluff up their feathers with a little shake.

    I prefer to think they're just adjusting their coifs so they don't walk around with "bed feathers," even though I actually know why they do that shake. (It moves the rooster's semen up from the cloaca to the proper location for egg fertilization.)

    When they first start to squat, it's a signal they're sexually mature.
     
  7. epeloquin

    epeloquin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Ew...[​IMG]
     
  8. the Pollo Loco

    the Pollo Loco Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They do think you're ready to mount... it's funny... humor them, reach over and give them a shake. believe it or not hens that are ready to lay will start laying not too long afterwards [​IMG]
     
  9. epeloquin

    epeloquin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:X2 Ew... [​IMG]
     
  10. saddina

    saddina Internally Deranged

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    Quote:Ew...[​IMG]

    Yeah poor thing you now know more than you ever wanted to about chicken sex. [​IMG]
     

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