just what is normal rooster behavior?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by artsyrobin, Sep 8, 2009.

  1. artsyrobin

    artsyrobin Artful Wings

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    hi folks, just wondering, i have a young roo, and pullets about the same age, he doesn't woo them at all the way my silkie seems to do to his flock, but he grabs and goes, sometimes giving no warning to his gal, be does protect and warn them of danger- but wondered if he is just young and learning or just no romance?
     
  2. ZepChick

    ZepChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi there, our roo was very ungentlemanly with the girls when he was young. As he got older he started dancing and lowering his wing, and trying to be gentle (I think!).
     
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  3. artsyrobin

    artsyrobin Artful Wings

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    so maybe just a learning curve... feel sorry for the gals, he snuck up behind one and startled her, she jumped strait in the air, he feigned nonchalance and went back to scratching around
     
  4. ZepChick

    ZepChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    haha! It is so entertaining to watch them "court" their ladies. I feel sorry for the girls, too, when they sense him there they immediately get down in their squat....luckily he's fast. Although I have read on here that some roosters are just naturally more suave, maybe that's how your Silkie is [​IMG]
     
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    the silkie is just starting his dancing and really is amazing to watch, he is really nimble footed and glides around the girls
     
  6. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    I have 3 different roosters, and 3 different "normal," rooster behaviors to tell you about ....

    I have a year old Silkie roo that won't do a darn thing. I can't get fertile eggs. I have seen him try (half-heartedly) a couple times, but no success yet. The 2 hens are laying an egg nearly every single day.... Darn it ... [​IMG]

    Rocky, the RIR roo, is just plain mean to the girls. They are 18 weeks old. He has them running and squawking all day. They are not ready for him, NO squatting at all. He grabbed a Buff Orpington by the neck, and made a 2 inch laceration. He is now in solitary confinement, being fattened up, awaiting his destiny. Oh, and his name has been changed to, "Crock Pot!"

    Rupert, my 1 year old Cuckoo Marans, is a gentle giant. Here is a copy of what I wrote in another thread:

    I bought 44 chicks in May. they are now 18 weeks old. When they were about a month old, I was given a trio of 1 yr old cuckoo marans.

    Anyway, 1 year old Rupert was given to me, along with his 2 ladies, Lavern and Shirley. After quarantine of 5 wks, they shared the fence line with the main flock for another 5 weeks. Now, for 2 weeks they have all (silkies also) been free ranging together. Though the silkies stay to themselves, they are quick to send the others a runnin' !

    Rupert, Lavern, and Shirley all keep to themselves, and stay out of the others' way. I have been wanting to get them in with the main flock, but waiting for the others to grow. Now, since they are near laying, I figured it was time. Four nights ago we put them in the coop with the others. They have been in and out of the run and big coop off and on, while out free ranging. But,they were surely not happy.

    The girls both lay an egg every day. But now, in a new coop, what to do?? Oh no, poor Lavern. Pacing the fence line, looking at her old coop, looking up at how high the fence was, and even getting up on the branch roost near the fence (contemplating jumping the fence) for 2 hours, singing the egg song. Honestly, this is unbelievable ... but this is what Rupert did. He went into the hen house (where Shirley had already layed her egg), and got into a nest, and he kept calling her with his sweet song. Over and over and over again. She would go in and come out, go in and come out. So many times, I thought Rupert would give up. During this time, the many of the main flock sat inside the coop and watched Rupert, as if they were at a movie. (Only thing missing was the popcorn!). I ran inside to tell the family what was going on. Mike and I sat out in our yard and witnessed this event. Ever so lovely, Rupert singing to his girl. Finally, she went in and layed her egg in the nest. Then, and only then, Rupert came out.... with her.

    This went on again on day 2 and day 3. Today was day 4. It was just a bit different, in that before he got in the nest, he chased the main flock out of the coop. I think he was tired of the audience! LOL. Lavern was much quicker today, less than an hour of pacing and crying the egg song, "I gotta lay, I gotta lay, I gotta lay this egg, oh my!"

    This rooster is so lovely. I have watched him for hours. When he mates, I swear he asks first. AND, he does accept, "no," for an answer sometimes! LOL .... He courts his girls, takes them to dinner, and is always sweet talking to them. Sometimes they squat, sometimes they don't ! Of course Mr. Manners would never do this in front of me (or anyone). This is only done in private, away from others! Around the corner of the run, or when out free ranging in the timber, etc. And ALWAYS very gentle. Those girls don't so much as have a feather out of place, much less a feather missing! I sure wish Rocky could have learned some manners from ol' Rupert.

    Honestly, this is a true story. Rupert brings me to tears, he is so wonderful. The 3 Marans stay together, and don't bother anyone. If someone is invading their space, Rupert will gently guide them away. I mean very gently. He does not peck at the others, just shows them the way out. One time Rocky and Obama were about to really get into it. (First time I had seen this happen also.) Rupert, the lovely man that he is, simply went across the run and walked in between them, and they went their separate ways. WOW, I was shocked. Rupert does not like chaos.

    UPDATE: Day #5 ... Lavern layed an egg (in the nest), ALL BY HERSELF ! ! !
     
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