Am I the alpha "roo?"

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by wateboe, Oct 27, 2008.

  1. wateboe

    wateboe Songster

    Sep 8, 2008
    Lebanon, Ohio
    I have one little Mille Fleur d'Uccle roo with eighteen pullets and hens of varied ages and breeds, mostly standard heavy breeds (well, one may be an Iowa Blue cockerel, but isn't acting rooish yet.) The roo is a real sweetheart and I rarely see him even dance for one of the ladies, much less actually mate. The flock recently sufferd from one of the bacterial respiratory diseases and I handled all of the birds everyday to check their weight and to give them medication. Before this they were rarely handled (I mostly just sit with them and talk to them while they frolic around me!)

    Suddenly the mature ladies have started to "bow" down to me when I reach out for them, a behaviour that I am guessing indicates submission??? I am just curious, since I never see them acting this way for the poor little roo. No wonder he has been giving my the stink-eye!
  2. AllChookUp

    AllChookUp Will Shut Up for Chocolate

    May 7, 2008
    Frozen Lake, MN
    As the master of the flock, you'd better be the alpha roo, or you will have problems with your main roo in the future.

    And yes, I think the hens' reaction to you may be submission. JMO
  3. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

    Jul 11, 2008
    LOL !!!! Poor little man !!!!! You took all his hens !!!!!

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