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Klutzy roolet or attack?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by lcountry, May 21, 2007.

  1. lcountry

    lcountry Out Of The Brooder

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    Well, I had my little ones out for some highly supervised "free range" time. I bent (well, squated) down to pick up a little pullet. My shoulders were about even with their cage - everyone was out around the cage. When I picked the little girl up she pitched a dramatic fit - cheeping and peeping for all she's worth. That's when out of the blue, I see two feet launching at me from the top of the cage. I'm grazed in the face by two feet, but then he sort of pulls himself up by the chest onto my head. (I was wearing a baseball cap.)

    I didn't really respond - other than to take him off my head and put him on the ground. But, then thinking about it, WAS he trying to defend his girl? They are between 3 and 4 weeks old and he's getting red waddles. So I'm guessing his boy hormones are kicking in... Would this be a "good" sign of a protective roo or a bad sign that I'm going to "get it" in the future? Remember, I've got NO experience whatsoever with chickens.

    Or was he just clumsy trying to light on a high "roost"?

    By the way, anyone want a buff orpington baby roo? Seems I've got two in the group and I wasn't sure about even keeping one! I'm in north Texas. Maybe Mike Rowe practiced on my batch! [​IMG] Two males out of seven chicks...

    Thanks!
     
  2. MayberrySaint

    MayberrySaint Chillin' Out

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    I would say he was in "rooster-protector" mode. My little cockerels began showing aggressive, protection behavior toward the pullets at about 3 weeks of age.

    Andy
     

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