My Rooster Does Interpretive Dance

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Beth K., Dec 16, 2011.

  1. Beth K.

    Beth K. Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I looked out the window this afternoon and saw my BO rooster Chunky walk up to Sabrina (Barred Rock) all stiff legged. He started circling around her with his primary feathers flared. She walked off kind of disinterestedly and he stopped. I've seen him do that little dance several times now. Is this a courtship kind of thing?
     
  2. bobbieschicks

    bobbieschicks Chicken Tender

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    It's the act of dominance - he's saying "bow to me woman!" he'll do it to anyone or anything he wants to bow to him as royal king of the roosters. [​IMG]
     
  3. Beth K.

    Beth K. Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ah, that would explain why both my roosters do it to each other. [​IMG] Danke!
     
  4. ChickenLittle74

    ChickenLittle74 Out Of The Brooder

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    My roo struts around and then does a fast, little shuffle... all while making a sort of "coo-ing" noise. I've gotta try to catch the dance on video! It's hilarious!!!
     
  5. bobbieschicks

    bobbieschicks Chicken Tender

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    Quote:I love watching my roo do his wing moves.
     
  6. jeslewmazer

    jeslewmazer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    "The dance" can be part of mating and part of asserting dominance. It can be used in both acts. Sometimes it is used to impress the ladies to see if they will squat for them. If the hen likes the rooster majority of the time she will. If not she might walk/run away or turn around to fight the suitor (to test him [​IMG] ). Some roos will do the dance to a lesser roo, one the roo is not sure if it is a hen or not, or to start a fight. There have also been cases of hens doing "the dance", but they normally will do this as a dominate gesture.
     
  7. Jewels1935

    Jewels1935 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My girls don't get a chance to squat, he grabs them by the head and takes it! LOL
     
  8. jeslewmazer

    jeslewmazer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Sounds like he don't like the word NO. [​IMG] I have had a few like that, too. Others try "the dance" and if that does not work then they just make them like it. [​IMG]
     
  9. eenie114

    eenie114 Completly Hopeless

    It translates roughly into, "Make me a sandwich, woman!"
     
  10. macdoogle2

    macdoogle2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My young Roo tried that with some of the older hens. They chased him all over the run and pecked more than a few feathers. He ran right back to his Mama.
     

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