My rooster is doing the shuffle dance to me!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by xmissjadie, Jun 23, 2011.

  1. xmissjadie

    xmissjadie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a 3 month old silkie rooster and everytime I go in the yard he does the shuffle dance to me. Is that normal? Does he know he's suppose to be doing that to the hens? Maybe he's just a little confused. lol. He is still young though. [​IMG]
     
  2. clarkechick

    clarkechick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd love to see the shuffle!!
    He is obviously excited to see you. Unfortunately, I don't know if it's normal or not!
     
  3. xmissjadie

    xmissjadie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, I'll have to take a video sometime! [​IMG]
     
  4. BooBear

    BooBear Chicken Cuddler

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    Roosters do the dance to impress the girls or display to other roosters their dominance.
    When mine do this I pick them up, pet and cuddle them.

    Cinnimon, partridge Silkie, actually loves to be picked up. He gets pouty if he don't get his cuddle.
     
  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    The next step is flogging. Convince him that you are not beneath him in the pecking order.
     
  6. gallatea

    gallatea Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes, I would agree with the above. That "dance" is about dominance. And it's 100% normal. Mine did the same thing at the same age - a frizzle. He now dances, then attacks my leg and draws blood. It sucks when they turn out that way. Not all roos are the same - I have one that is sweet as pie to me, only "dances" and attacks my large dog, but no others. Also, this "show" is about trying to mate. I see my roo's dancing before they hop on a hen and mate - they latch on with their beak on their neck, and can pull out feathers at times. It's pretty brutal. And they don't stop quickly. I wish they could be neutered.
     
  7. 33yardbirds

    33yardbirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    He shuffles you should be doing the kick.
     
  8. zookeeper15133

    zookeeper15133 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:They can, it's called caponizing. But it has to be done when they are young.
     
  9. magicpigeon

    magicpigeon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Aww! My roosters used to do that too, but they always got picked up and cuddled and that seemed to teach them the lesson. [​IMG]
     
  10. Sheepy

    Sheepy Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:LOL!
     

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