Why does my hen walk backwards, shaking her head?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Joanna Gibson, Oct 19, 2017.

  1. Joanna Gibson

    Joanna Gibson Hatching

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    Why does my hen walk backwards, shaking her bowed head?
     
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  2. rjohns39

    rjohns39 Enabler

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    Hi and welcome to BYC :frow We're so happy that you've joined us:ya Can you post a video? They usually walk backwards when scratching for bugs.
     
  3. Fairview01

    Fairview01 Songster

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    She's confused? :lau
     
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  4. MasterOfClucker

    MasterOfClucker Songster

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    Welcome to BYC!

    Can you post a video?

    It could be something serious like Wry Neck or a Severe Head Injury.
     
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  5. smudge

    smudge Songster

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    Mine walk backwards if I put a crop bra or chicken harness on them. My daughter put a rabbit harness/leash on a hen and it did back flips.

    More seriously, something is affecting your neurologically.
     
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  6. rosemarythyme

    rosemarythyme Crowing

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    Does she do this all the time or only on occasion? My EE started doing something similar because she gets pecked at by my Welsummer and that's her submission stance (though it's become something of a nervous tic too whenever something startles her).
     
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  7. DIGGIN CHICKEN

    DIGGIN CHICKEN Chirping

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    Your chicken is actually Micheal Jackson reincarnated ....!!!!!
     
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  8. lala4578

    lala4578 Chirping

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    I am interested in this too, I have a RIR who will on occasion walk backwards while shaking her head. Been wanting to catch her on video doing it, it is really amusing!
     
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  9. wild chick

    wild chick Songster

    My rooster, when he sees me, sometimes flaps his wings once or twice then bows his head and backs up about three steps. This began after he had to get some serious what-fors from me after attacking people. It looks like a submissive gesture to me, but I'm not sure. Is this what your hen is doing?
     
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