Great question, us newbies should understand

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by wannabchick, Feb 24, 2011.

  1. wannabchick

    wannabchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 27, 2010
    Northen Va
    What are signs and behaviors we should be looking for in a rooster that would be construed as aggressive or dominating behavior towards us.

    For instance I wouldn't want to think..ohhh look how cute that is..ohhh look what he doing, when experienced rooster owners would go

    Uh ohhhh that isn't cute at all..he's about to nail you, or dominate you or etc

    I would love a list of actions, behavior to look for

    Nor would I want to chase after a rooster when it wasn't dominate behavior at all

    So for those of us about to keep roosters for the first time..could you all share

    I read a lot, side stepping..etc..I don't even know what that means..I have never been around roosters

    Thank u
  2. Pinky

    Pinky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 15, 2008
    South GA
    For me the first sign is when a rooster walks toward you with his feathers loose, his head low and his tail sideways. Next is the wing dance where he walks sideways with one wing dragging the ground and goes in a circle. Crowing alot when around you is also a dominate thing they do. They have this low voice they do too that you'll know when you hear it. I would not act on any of this until the rooster comes running toward me though, or if he raises his hackle feathers at me and tries to bite me. If he runs at you, don't run the other way. It is very important not to run from him.
  3. wannabchick

    wannabchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 27, 2010
    Northen Va
    Quote:Thank u

    Okay so when u say feathers loose,..what is that?
    and tail mean the tail just bends sideways?

    When u say don't run..and I have a rooster coming at me..
    Do what exactly?

    Bend over, stoop, stand up, spread my legs like I will wrestle him?

    Sorry just want to know more

    Now what should I do if a rooster, puts a wing down and starts dancing?

    I also read on here a lot the phrase never turn your back on one, does this mean I walkout ,or walkaway facing the rooster

    I really don't mean to be ignorant..ive just never ever been around a roo

    Thank u for your help
  4. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    The Rooster Circle Dance of Love is really cute, especially when done in your honor. BUT it isn't something you should encourage, because it means he's trying to dominate you as if you were one of his hens. I get up and walk away.

    Also, if a rooster brings you a pretty feather, or a small rock, or a bit of grass and makes cooing sounds, he's doing the same thing. I do not "accept" those gifts. (Although I do think it's adorable.)

    Never run AT your rooster, either. If he fluffs up his neck feathers or makes a sudden move in your direction, turn toward him and start walking right at him, as if you are going to walk through him (as if he's not there). If he backs up, but still faces you, keep walking. If, facing you, he turns slightly, turn in that direction and continue to walk toward him. I've backed my most insistent Sebright roo as much as thirty feet until he turns away from me and steps away.

    The turning away, facing a new direction and walking that way, is the clue that he has given in to you. There is no need to continue to follow him at that point. You've won.

    Now and again, if my dominent rooster pecks at my leg while he's standing behind me or to the side of me, I turn around and press him to the ground. Then I pick him up and carry him around for about 10 minutes. When I put him down, he decides he has somewhere else to be. And he doesn't peck at me again for at least a month. [​IMG]
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  5. mulewagon

    mulewagon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 13, 2010
    I walk at all my roosters as soon as I can tell they're roosters. I just make them step out of my way - if necessary, waggling something in their faces until they learn to back up. The idea is to train them to stay 3 feet away from me at all times.

    If they Rooster Dance at me, I walk at them immediately. It's kind of a conversation:

    "Hi, I'm Top Rooster!"
    "No, buddy, I'm Top Rooster."
    "Ooops, you sure are! I'll just go this way..."

    My main goal is not to wait until the rooster becomes aggressive - never let him even get the idea of attacking me. They move out of my way automatically now.
  6. wannabchick

    wannabchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 27, 2010
    Northen Va
    Thank u all so much, that really helped..especially those who have never been around a rooster in their life..hehehe
  7. wannabchick

    wannabchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 27, 2010
    Northen Va
    Quote:Lots of detailed in for..thank u so much
  8. wannabchick

    wannabchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 27, 2010
    Northen Va
    Quote:So walk toward them..what if they charge at me..?
    Run then and find them a new home?lol
  9. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Quote:Just remember you ARE bigger than a rooster! [​IMG]

    You start when they are young, to begin with.

    But if an adult rooster charges at you, keep walking at it and prepare tp boot it away. Think, and feel, "I am the Boss here, not some silly feathered cacciatore candidate."

    Like any animal, they sense hesitation and fear and will capitalize upon it.
  10. rainierlass

    rainierlass Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 1, 2010
    silly feathered cacciatore candidate


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