Behavior Question

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Wattle Queen, Dec 1, 2015.

  1. Wattle Queen

    Wattle Queen Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a RIR roo, Silver Phoenix roo, Red & Black Sexlink hen & a Black Jersey Giant hen. My girls are 7 months (RBS) & 9 months (BJG). I brought them some corn to their coop earlier after they roosted. Both girls came to scratch & the RBS started stomping her feet & pointed her right wing down & dancing & cackling like the roos do. Neither has layed yet either. What does that dance mean & what signs do I look for to let me know they're getting ready to lay?
     
  2. LRH97

    LRH97 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That sounds like the "chicken dance" the roos do. It's the closest thing they do to a courting display. I've never heard of a hen doing this before. I have heard of hens that crow, however. Maybe someone else has experienced it. As for signs of a hen approaching laying age, red combs and wattles are among the first signs that they're getting close. Some also may squat in submission as well. This usually happens when you or a roo is around them.
     
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  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Totally agree!

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  6. Wattle Queen

    Wattle Queen Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank y'all for the welcome. I heard the Black Jersey Giant hen crow a little last week. It was cute. All of my birds have weird little things they do. Here lately the BJG hen is puffing her feathers up at the Silver Phoenix roo so he puffs his back up & they have a stare off then start challenging each other. Does anybody know what this means?
     
  7. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That you have a BJG rooster.
     
  8. LRH97

    LRH97 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Stare offs and raising hackle (neck) feathers is common in hens and Roos. Roos usually do it more often with each other. Just going by what you describe, it sounds like you may have more roos than what you thought. Maybe post a few pics of them to be sure.
     
  9. NickyKnack

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    Welcome to BYC and the coop! There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to joined the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around BYC.
     
  10. trailrider330

    trailrider330 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to the BYC flock! We are glad you joined us!

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