... because my 5mo marans has done it twice to me today and it freaked me out. I didnt know how to react, so I just stood there & stared at him until he walked away (and then came inside to google it). I wasnt sure if it was a retaliation for chasing him off of one of my hens this morning. One of my cockerels have already turned aggressive and I'm on red alert with the others until I figure out what I'm going to do with them. This particular boy (the marans) has definitely been coming into his hormones over the last week or so and I'm worried about him tipping over into aggression: he crows and paces obsessively in the run until I let him out this morning he crows and paces obsessively in the run if I lock him up during the day he's been jumping all over the hens at every opportunity he routinely has stare-downs with one of my other cockerels (and is always the winner) one day last week he started pecking at my feet. I had already kicked him away before my brain caught up with my body and he avoided me like the plague ever since (well, until this morning) this morning, he pecked the hens and chased them away from the food dish (big red flag?) With all of that going on, is the sideways shuffle dance thing still a flirt? It doesnt "feel" like a flirt, but maybe I'm just being paranoid. His number is up as soon as I can find someone to do it. I dont want 3 roosters (for my 5 hens) and his obsessive behavior (and sudden rudeness to the hens) really bothers me, as does this new sideways shuffle thing. In the meantime, I'm trying to understand his behavior. I understand that I'm supposed to show dominance by picking him up & carrying him around- but I dont routinely make a habit of picking up any of my birds unless I need to. How exactly do I go about doing that if he runs away the second I reach for him?