Anybody have a rooster that gallops?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by CKC Coop, Nov 17, 2014.

  1. CKC Coop

    CKC Coop In the Brooder

    Oct 18, 2014
    For the last few weeks I've noticed that when my New Hampshire rooster runs, he actually gallops. He has not always done this though so I first wondered if he had an injured leg or foot. He walks fine, however, and there is no visible sign of an injury. So I'm thinking he just likes galloping. I wondered if anyone else has a rooster who does this.
  2. centrarchid

    centrarchid Free Ranging

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    Injury likely only hurts when stressed by rapid movement. Check the following leg. Damage to joints not always evident externally. He will likely appear stiff when coming off roost hand have trouble jumping up to roost. Having walk one foot in front of another can make injured leg appear more evident.
  3. KGreene

    KGreene In the Brooder

    Aug 23, 2014
    I have a BR roo that gallops. I attribute this to an injury (possibly a hip injury) sustained in a previous coyote attack. He walks just fine, but has difficulty in coming off the roost. Once in a while he'll stumble a little on hill sides and, sometimes has issues when mounting a hen.

    He still rules the roost even though I'm sure my Blue Andalusian could probably take him.
    Last edited: Nov 17, 2014
  4. CKC Coop

    CKC Coop In the Brooder

    Oct 18, 2014
    Sounds right, must be some type of muscle injury maybe.

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