Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Chickfever, Aug 23, 2007.

  1. Chickfever

    Chickfever Songster

    Jul 22, 2007
    Southwest VA
    I'm sitting here playing with the kids when all of the sudden I hear a VERY loud commotion outside. I jump up and run out on my porch and instantly look for dogs (you see, there are 4 that run loose here and I'm terrified they might attack my chickens and/or chicks). I see the 4 normals in my neighbor's yard looking this way. I go around the corner of my house and see one of the most amusing sights I've seen in a few days. I see this object being thrown from chicken to chicken and the others are all screeching (as if saying "my turn, my turn"). They had a frog throwing it up in the air and were taking turns catching it (I guess). After about 10 mins of this, my dom roo took it, walked over to my pecked to death hen, dropped it and walked off..... I have NEVER seen something like that before. Anyone else experience anything like this?

    Of course my hen took the frog and ran like the dickens with about 20 other chickens on her heels [​IMG].
  2. FingerLakesChick

    FingerLakesChick Songster

    Mar 14, 2007
    Western New York
    My RIR's have been catching frogs and eating them like crazy. They haven't been playing catch with them though... it's more like keep away!!
  3. GoodEgg

    GoodEgg Songster

    Feb 12, 2007
    NW Florida
    I had to laugh ...

    But the part about the roo giving it to the pecked hen ... that is so sweet. I don't know if they normally do a thing like that, but I loved hearing about it! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Quote:We had an old roo that died this summer from heat stroke. He always did things like that. He would give the hens bugs even leaves as gifts. He would also leave the feed bowl if the hens wanted in it. it was so sweet. Now our younger RIR roo he will call the hens when he finds something good but he wants his share first lol.
  5. DoctorGoose

    DoctorGoose Songster

    Jul 27, 2007
    Quote:That's so sweet that y'all's roos will do that! Nightshade---isn't that just like these newfangled-younger generation males? [​IMG] They just aren't chivalrous!
    Last edited: Aug 24, 2007
  6. lol yup [​IMG]
  7. Chickfever

    Chickfever Songster

    Jul 22, 2007
    Southwest VA
    Maybe our oldies need to teach our youngin's a thing or two.... [​IMG]
  8. Southern28Chick

    Southern28Chick Flew The Coop

    Apr 16, 2007
    I've seen one of my girls eat a frog. :eek:

    My roo is in his own side of the chicken yard until my girls get just a little bit older. When he finds bugs or when I give him a treat he does his treat call. It's a very soft and sweet "bok bok bok bok bok bok" until the girls come running to the fence. Then he sits it in front of the first girl that come up and she eats it. Sometimes he'll pick out one girl and put it right in her mouth. So cute.
  9. Lunachick

    Lunachick Chicken Slave

    Mar 19, 2007
    Brick, NJ
    Awww - I got a nice visual on that one Southern!
  10. pattycake

    pattycake Songster

    May 7, 2007
    fingerlakes, ny
    Sheesh, my young rooster is such a heel: he makes he sure HE gets all the treats, ALL the time. I hope he develops some manners as he gets older...

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by: