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What does it mean when the rooster "dances"?

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Both of my roosters will dance somewhat of a jig when near a hen or when he is showing an interest. Easy to understand.

 

What I don't understand is why does he do it when he approaches me. He will come up to my feet lower his head sort of spread his wings and dance the same jig. He will do it to my wife to. He seems to do it when he is nervous or or anxious is it a sign of anything in particular possibly aggression.  Neither have ever tried to flog or spur but will peck my hand if I let him, not hard, just sort of a don't touch me please.

 

When I do pick him up he never seems hateful and doesn't struggle. Im just not sure what the two are try to say with the dance or jig they do. They are Columbian Cochins.


Edited by Tenneesse - 3/23/12 at 5:26pm
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Both of my roosters will dance somewhat of a jig when near a hen or when he is showing an interest. Easy to understand.

 

What I don't understand is why does he do it when he approaches me. He will come up to my feet lower his head sort of spread his wings and dance the same jig. He will do it to my wife to. He seems to do it when he is nervous or or anxious is it a sign of anything in particular possibly aggression.  Neither have ever tried to flog or spur but will peck my hand if I let him, not hard, just sort of a don't touch me please.

 

When I do pick him up he never seems hateful and doesn't struggle. Im just not sure what the two are try to say with the dance or jig they do. They are Columbian Cochins.


Old timers call that " cutting a wing". It's a dominance display. Not a nice thing. Could be the start of aggression. You should put the fear of god (you) in them right away, same with your wife. Good luck........Pop
 

 

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Siyah Rampuri Asil, White Chinese, Emden, and African Geese, Guineas, a Rottweiler (Bella), and a Yellow Lab (Booger). Fifty five years with chickens and still learning.

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In God We Trust

Siyah Rampuri Asil, White Chinese, Emden, and African Geese, Guineas, a Rottweiler (Bella), and a Yellow Lab (Booger). Fifty five years with chickens and still learning.

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Ill do just that thanks Pop. I sort of thought that might be whats going on so I'll take care of it.

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post #4 of 7

Don't be so sure it's always a sign of aggression.

 

Usually roos who are doing the sideways dance as a sign of aggression, will often come erect, open their wings and fly at you, known as "flogging".

 

I have a Buff Brahma roo Penrod, who does the side-ways dance whenever I bring him a treat. He then picks the first bite or two and offers it to me while honking his encouragement before eating any himself, behavior of a roo with a favorite hen.

 

The behaviors are very similar. If you spend time with your roo, you will soon learn what his true intentions are. To automatically assume this dance is aggressive is doing the roo a serious injustice, especially if you haul off and drop-kick him when he's just trying to let you know he's fond of you.

One matronly and regal Light Brahma hen, two Silver-laced Wyandotte hens, two Gold-laced Wyandotte hens, one Black Cochin hen, two EE hens, one timid Buff Brahma hen, four obnoxious Speckled Sussex hens, five Welsummer hens, and one twenty-year old cat who is wary of all of them.
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One matronly and regal Light Brahma hen, two Silver-laced Wyandotte hens, two Gold-laced Wyandotte hens, one Black Cochin hen, two EE hens, one timid Buff Brahma hen, four obnoxious Speckled Sussex hens, five Welsummer hens, and one twenty-year old cat who is wary of all of them.
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post #5 of 7

I have a silkie & GLW roo who dance for me. I just reach down and pat their backs. The roo who tried to flogg me, now lives at a new home. And if the other roo "Bantie" who I just adopted, does not stop attacking my silkie roo, he is going to be drop kicked into the neighbor's yard with the two Shepard's. He also chases my GLW who is twice his size. I do not have the time to build him a bachelor coop right now.

Mommy to two darling daughters, a Retired Navy Hubby, 1 dog, 2 puppies, 2 Roo's, & 2 hens.
Living the dream of country life, on an acre of land, with my loving family.

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Mommy to two darling daughters, a Retired Navy Hubby, 1 dog, 2 puppies, 2 Roo's, & 2 hens.
Living the dream of country life, on an acre of land, with my loving family.

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post #6 of 7

Mommy 2 wee ones...then dispose of him humanely...please.

 

edited twice. still humanely looks wrong. but it is the right thing to do.

 

edited to add again

Maybe your roosters and or chickens don't trust you. 


Edited by tdgill - 7/10/13 at 12:09pm

18 Hens, 5 Roosters uggh lol, 2 Dogs, 9 now 2 pond fish. thanks alot you not so great blue heron!!,  9 Ducks, 2 cats black and white and not related.(Plus 3 strays that the neighbors feed but they hang out in my front yard...ALL BLACK AND WHITE colored!)

 

"KES" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOB8cwxSh-w&feature=relmfu A MUST SEE MOVIE. You will never forget little Billy Casper.

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18 Hens, 5 Roosters uggh lol, 2 Dogs, 9 now 2 pond fish. thanks alot you not so great blue heron!!,  9 Ducks, 2 cats black and white and not related.(Plus 3 strays that the neighbors feed but they hang out in my front yard...ALL BLACK AND WHITE colored!)

 

"KES" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOB8cwxSh-w&feature=relmfu A MUST SEE MOVIE. You will never forget little Billy Casper.

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post #7 of 7
In the rooster's mind, he MUST be in charge. Until "informed" otherwise, he will want you to be part of his flock, so he can control you. That is just chicken behavior. The dance can be a challenge or a courtship display.

My dominant roo knows *I* am the head of the whole flock, even over him. However, he occasionally tries to "tid-bit" me, which is that growly-cooing call, with the short "Here's a goodie for you" cluck, just like Momma hens do for their chicks. Plus, he'll bring you a present, a twig, a leaf, a pebble, a bug and drop it at your feet. He may pick it up and drop it more than once, reinforcing the "this is for you" message. This is what a good roo does with his hens, but it shouldn't be something YOU accept.

I always thank my rooster for the presents but never, ever collect them. I just walk on by as if it's nothing (even though I think it's adorable).

I love to watch the Rooster Dance of Love, circling and dropping a wing as he woos a hen.

-- Linda (AKA: gryeyes)
I refuse to fight a battle of wits with an unarmed person.

Buncha Outdoor PET chickens, ducks, five Toulouse geese, and four turkeys....so far. Plus 2 wiener dogs, some bunnies and a rescue cat which owns me. Oh. And a house silkie....

Grab some eggs & Join us! 
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-- Linda (AKA: gryeyes)
I refuse to fight a battle of wits with an unarmed person.

Buncha Outdoor PET chickens, ducks, five Toulouse geese, and four turkeys....so far. Plus 2 wiener dogs, some bunnies and a rescue cat which owns me. Oh. And a house silkie....

Grab some eggs & Join us! 
Great fun, Great Prizes & GREAT friends! 
5th Annual BYC Easter Hatch-a-long!

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