1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

Do roosters mark territory, or presence?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by WesleyBeal, Apr 22, 2017.

  1. WesleyBeal

    WesleyBeal Chillin' With My Peeps

    230
    58
    86
    Nov 28, 2016
    Douglas County, Minnesota
    The last few days I've observed my roosters doing something different.

    Inside the coop, they'll walk face first into a corner, do a forward leaning crouch pressing their breast to the ground, and (from what I've been able to see) stay still for a few seconds.

    I just observed my Orpington rooster do this in the same spot my Barred Rock rooster had a few minutes previously.

    Not seeing them do this all the time; just now and then.
     
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

    19,943
    3,102
    476
    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    The only way I’m aware of a rooster marking his territory is by crowing. If they have enough room they can really spread out they crow to help the other flocks from encroaching which avoids a lot of fighting.

    Centrarchid is who I’d really like to see respond to this. This kind of question is right up his alley.
     
  3. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

    9,511
    2,446
    411
    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    My rooster loves to stuff himself into corners and click away. He's "nesting" and trying to attract the attention of a hen to come lay her eggs there, even though some of the spots he chooses suit his obsessive needs more than the hers.

    He will also climb into a nest box and do his clicking vocals, and many times the hens take no notice of him at all. And sometimes he will crowd into a nest box with two other hens, reveling in all the togetherness. [​IMG]

    He's quite the domestic creature. Perhaps you have one of these, too.
     
  4. WesleyBeal

    WesleyBeal Chillin' With My Peeps

    230
    58
    86
    Nov 28, 2016
    Douglas County, Minnesota
    That could make sense: encouraging the hens to nest.
     
  5. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

    17,451
    2,081
    456
    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    Without details on the vocalizations to really nail it down, I would still assume what azygous indicates about. I have 30 adult roosters and everyone will do it if given the proper stimuli. The stimuli comes from a pullet / hen just coming into lay. I can walk such a female down a row of individually penned roosters and each will do as described as she passes. I think female produces a sound or has something different about her voice that indicates her status. Crowing is how mine mark presence.
     
  6. WesleyBeal

    WesleyBeal Chillin' With My Peeps

    230
    58
    86
    Nov 28, 2016
    Douglas County, Minnesota
    I need to find a good discussion of red jungle fowl behavior. I'd assumed hens determine nest sites. This behavior suggests that at some point in their evolutionary past, roosters may have done this, possibly competed with others by identifying the best nest sites, and "winning over" hens.

    Just a theory, of course.
     
  7. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

    17,451
    2,081
    456
    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    I bet all species of jungle fowl do it.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by