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Anyone ever had a rooster that does the squat and shake?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by grjonid, Feb 12, 2016.

  1. grjonid

    grjonid Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi

    I have this new 4 month old EE rooster. He is very gentle and was petted a lot where he came from.
    Today when I went out to close the coop for the night he was the only one on the floor so I reached out and was petting him on his back when he suddenly did the squat thing with wings a bit open. I scratched his back a bit and he did the shake. Now I am really confused since I have only seen this behavior in hens.

    So for my question, has any of you ever had a rooster that does the squat and shake?
     
  2. XxMingirlxX

    XxMingirlxX Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Roosters sometimes do it when yielding to a rooster higher up the pecking order. It's rare but more timid Roos will.
     
  3. junebuggena

    junebuggena Overrun With Chickens

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    Can you post a recent picture?
     
  4. grjonid

    grjonid Out Of The Brooder

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    This picture was taken today 4 month old
     
  5. grjonid

    grjonid Out Of The Brooder

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    grjonid Out Of The Brooder

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  7. TheChickenQueen

    TheChickenQueen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That looks like a pullet to me.
     
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  8. junebuggena

    junebuggena Overrun With Chickens

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    Yeah, your bird isn't a rooster. It's a pullet.
     
  9. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    Most definitely a pullet.
     
  10. grjonid

    grjonid Out Of The Brooder

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    They were 4 hatched togther, this one is the only one that already has a red-ish comb while the other 3 still have yellow combs, is that not an indicator that it is a rooster?

    If it turns out to be a pullet then this is the second rooster I've been given in a month that turns out to be a pullet. *sigh* And I still don't have a rooster
     
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