Is my head a roost??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by greenacreshens, May 16, 2008.

  1. greenacreshens

    greenacreshens In the Brooder

    Jul 10, 2007
    I have four 9 week old RIR babies. They are growing fast and have feathered up really nice. Problem is, I still am not sure if they are pullets or Roos as they all look different.........and I haven't heard sign of a pityful crow yet.
    The most recent problematic behavior is that one of them always wants to land on my head when I am sitting down with them. It doesn't seem mean, as I take it down and pet it and it keeps coming back, never biting or scratching me. Could this be early aggressive behavior or a Roo behavior? It is very annoying after a few times!!
  2. McGoo

    McGoo Songster

    Don't know. But watch out for the poop! [​IMG]
  3. Fowl-Language

    Fowl-Language Songster

    Mar 10, 2008
    Longview, WA
    I've got one about that same age that comes to roost on my shoulder when I'm at the computer...she tries to get on my head but her nails hurt! If I sit long enough, she dozes off. I view it as the chicken equivalent of wanting to be a lapdog.
  4. dangerouschicken

    dangerouschicken Will Barter For Coffee

    May 6, 2007
    Columbia Gorge, OR
    Mine do it, too. I have had one of my Turkens scratch my face once, but it was accidental. She was trying to grip my head! Be careful [​IMG]
  5. Ese_N_Gracie

    Ese_N_Gracie Songster

    Feb 22, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    Gracie went through that I see when she is calculating her flight pattern...the little computer working behind those green eyes:) It gives me that second before the wings are on me. It's the highest roo never went for the more extreme heights...he's afraid of them from what I can tell....It's the one sure way gracie can get away from him....[​IMG]
  6. redoak

    redoak Songster

    Feb 27, 2008
    Russia, NY
    I have a 9 week old hen and roo who like to roost on my head and shoulders. The hen usually flies up from my front and the rooster tries to fly up from my back.
  7. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Crowing

    Yes, your head is a roost. Why did it take you so long to figure this out? [​IMG]
  8. chickabella

    chickabella In the Brooder

    May 19, 2008
    Central Texas
    If you raise them by hand, then you automatically become the Big Human Roost. Even if I'm standing, they'll fly up my front and sit on my shoulders. [​IMG]

    EDIT - Mine are also about eight weeks of age.
    Last edited: May 19, 2008
  9. MaryT

    MaryT Songster

    May 5, 2008
    Yes you are a mobile roost

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