Why is my Blue Andalusian doing this?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by sariea, Nov 12, 2015.

  1. sariea

    sariea Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 21, 2015
    Rochester, NY
    I should start by saying I don't mind that she does this, but she's the only one out of our 6 hens that does it.
    Every time I go see them (usually once a day for about 30 minutes), I'll sit down in the run and most of them will come up to see me. My blue, though, has started burrowing into my arm and won't leave until I remove her or there's food. Sometimes she sleeps, mostly she just chills, and her head isn't covered so I don't think she's hiding... She is the smallest out of the 6 but they all get along just fine
    Anyone have experience with this behavior?

  2. Rod-T

    Rod-T Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 23, 2015
    Deer park, Washington
    That's sweet
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  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    She's trying to be the baby getting under momma's feathers.
  4. azygous

    azygous Flock Master

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    You have what I call a "cuddle bum". I have several, and they would spend hours like that if I would let them.

    Why it is that they do this is up for speculation. I believe they find it comforting to tuck their head into a soft, dark place thus making the world go away for a bit. [​IMG]
    When I'm down on the ground, raking poop out from under the coop, I'll get a stampede from all the cuddle bums to crowd into my crotch and under my arms. I think the record was nine hens.

    They're often so "blissed" out, when I stand up and move on, they remain in this bundled formation for another minute or so until they notice I'm gone.

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