Is my silkie roo being a mean boy, or is he in love?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by GAchick, Dec 8, 2009.

  1. GAchick

    GAchick Songster

    Apr 29, 2009
    Pembroke GA
    This morning my (one remaining) silkie, who just announced his gender about a week ago, attacked my hand. I went outside to get in my car for work, and he came around the car 'talking' to me as he usually does. He kept sidleing close to me, and I'd reach out my hand to try and pet him, as he seemed a little less skittish than usual. He'd back up a little and dance a little closer, back and forth. I finally managed to pet him a bit. He usually keeps out of arms reach, but does like to follow me around the yard, and down the driveway. Suddenly he grabbed the skin on the back of my hand and held on. Not a peck, more like the way the SLW rooster grabs the hens when mounting them. The silkie rooster has tried to sneak a chickie quickie with a couple of the girls, but I don't know if he's been completely successful yet. Is he just getting aggressive, now that he's crowing? Or is he REALLY confused, and in love with my hand? I have 10 assorted hens, but the SLW rooster is about 4 x his size, so I don't know how lucky he's getting with the ladies.

  2. PDXRN

    PDXRN In the Brooder

    Jul 14, 2009
    Pacific Northwest
    Sounds like he's in love with your hand. He's probably not getting much attention from the ladies if your SLW is anything like mine. Mine keeps 6 hens occupied and I am always amazed at the number of times he mates the girls in one day. I know he could handle more because when our little white Multi-poo is in the yard he does his courting dance with him also. Don't worry the dog runs off before the Roo gets a chance to mount him. I think they say 5-6:1 Hen to Roo ratio but if the SLW is that much bigger than the little guy might be left looking elsewhere, like your hand.
  3. silkiechick05

    silkiechick05 Songster

    Sep 27, 2009
    North Texas
    How old is he?
  4. Elite Silkies

    Elite Silkies Crowing

    Jun 17, 2009
    My Coop
    Sounds like you need to show him who's boss. Roo's like to dominate and he could hurt you as he gets stronger and older.

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