Sudi S asked in PetsBirds · 1 decade ago

When I go to pick my chickens up they squat down, making it much easier. Why is this?

They're lovely chickens - relaxed and easy to manage - but I don't suppose they're just being obliging. Can anyone tell me what causes this behaviour? Many thanks.

11 Answers

Relevance
  • 1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    My guess is that you don't have any roosters around. They are responding to you like they would to a rooster they like. I've seen this before. If you want to be sure then when they squat down just kind of ruff their feathers toward the base of their tail and step back. If they stand up, shake themselves, and walk away then yep, they miss a rooster.

    EDIT: yes, it can be a dominance thing....but when there is a rooster around this doesn't happen other than with the rooster, and then only if they like the rooster.

    • Log in to reply to the answers
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Okay everyone, let's get a true answer to this question. I have over a dozen chickens and the reason they do this is because of dominance. They do the same thing when a dominant chicken comes over to peck them (ever heard of the saying "pecking order"?) and when a rooster approaches them. Basically your chickens are telling you that they acknowledge your pecking order over them. It's a submissive gesture.

    Source(s): best place for chicken information is www.backyardchickens.com!
    • Log in to reply to the answers
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    i have chickens

    n when i 1st gt them they would run away from me when i went 2 pick em up

    but as they gt used me 2 me n no im not going 2 hurt them they do squat down or stay in 1 place 4 me 2 pick em up

    its cos they like u

    hope i helped x

    • Log in to reply to the answers
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    This is almost certainly hens that are kept without a c0ck. This is perfectly normal hen behavior when kept alone. If you had a male they would run away from you so now you can figure the rest out.

    Source(s): Poultry breeder
    • Log in to reply to the answers
  • What do you think of the answers? You can sign in to give your opinion on the answer.
  • 1 decade ago

    It's a position they pose when they're accepting a roosters approach to mate.

    It really does make it easier to pick them up doesn't it! :)

    Source(s): Hen keeper/enthusiast http://www.henkeeping.co.uk
    • Log in to reply to the answers
  • 1 decade ago

    they do this to get serviced by roosters.

    Owner of average 100 chickens

    Source(s): chicken breeder
    • Log in to reply to the answers
  • 1 decade ago

    Probably to protect themselves, like a kids reaction to a threat is the fetal position (if running is out of the question).

    • Log in to reply to the answers
  • Barb
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    That is their way of submission, means come and get it to a rooster.

    • Log in to reply to the answers
  • stop u from giving em 1 (well at least try to ne way)

    • Log in to reply to the answers
  • 1 decade ago

    They ither love you or scared of you.

    • Log in to reply to the answers
Still have questions? Get answers by asking now.