Why does a chicken squat and lift wing shoulders when entering pen?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Sing2songs, Oct 10, 2014.

  1. Sing2songs

    Sing2songs Out Of The Brooder

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    When I enter the pen and get close to a chicken, (which is always since they all rush to greet me to see what I have for treats) the closest one will squat and lift the wings a little. Although this is a great time to pick them up to love them and squeeze them, I was wondering if this is a sign of affection or a protection stance. Any thoughts out there?
     
  2. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

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    It's a reflex action to anything above or behind. It can be a rooster, a bully hen, you coming up quickly behind the hen, or a hawk in the sky coming down overhead.

    It has nothing to do with fond feelings for you.
     
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  3. tcstoehr

    tcstoehr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is generally recognized as the "submit" position. When a rooster approaches for mating and she is agreeable to it, she will "assume the position" for mating to occur. This is at an instinctual level that gets a bit confused with people. I just figure they think of me as the giant alpha male rooster of the group. It's not that they want to mate with you, it's more like a dog rolling over submissively.
     
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  4. tcstoehr

    tcstoehr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    After reading what azygous said above, I think it could be either his explanation or mine, depending on the situation.
     
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