Need Help interpreting my Roo's body language!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by momreda, Nov 16, 2009.

  1. momreda

    momreda Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 31, 2009
    Cumberland Furnace, TN
    I am sure there is someone out there that has figured out what thier Roo means when he does certain things or makes certain noises. I am still new to this and am having difficulty understanding what some of it means so any help is appreciated [​IMG] Here are some things I can think of;

    A noise he makes that sounds like a cat hissing.....
    When he acts like he is dancing but unhappy....
    When he is flapping his wings like he is going to take off but goes no where....

    This is just a few of things he does that I wish I could understand.
  2. momreda

    momreda Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 31, 2009
    Cumberland Furnace, TN
    Another one I forgot that I was also curious about:

    He sticks his head in the corner when his girl goes into the nesting box....... I also find this one amusing because it's like he's saying he's not watching [​IMG]
  3. koifarm

    koifarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    The best and most fun way to figure out what's going on is to take a nice comfy chair, find a warm place in the sun(or shade) and just watch the herd.....eventually you will put together the reasons why they do stuff.....also a good time to have a can of scratch feed handy and throw little bits out for the hens to get, near your feet, and eventually they will be docile enough to handle them and put em on your knee, they love being petted and will often go to sleep.
    You just have to watch them and behavior will present itself with an answer to your guery...
  4. PatS

    PatS Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2009
    Northern Califonia
    I'm kind of a newbie, too.

    The hissing noise is new to me. When my guys are upset they give me the stinkeye, no noise necessary.
    When my guy dances around the girls, I think he's saying "You belong to me!" When he's upset with me, because I pet him or whatever, he does a "No thank you, I don't want to recognize you are in charge," spin.
    When he stretches and flaps, he's saying, "I'm da man! Yes I am!"

    But like I said, I'm still figuring it out.
  5. waterpossum

    waterpossum Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 30, 2009
    is it a hissing or a growling noise? they make this sound when there is something amiss! whether it be a stranger, hawk, dog, or anything that they perceive as a threat! when he does this what do the hens do? they should perk up and pay attention or even run or fly back to the coop or some other hidey hole. the flappin wings is just what the other person said...I/M THE MAN a lot of times its followed by the crow but not always. and i agree...go out and sit and just watch they will tell you what theyre thinking and saying you just have to pay attention
  6. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Quote:I agree that the growling is a warning that something's amiss. I found my whole flock doing it one day after a hawk visit. The wing dancing is his way of making the hens behave. If he wing dances for you, it's time to get the boy in line and let him know under no uncertain terms that he is not the one in charge, you are. My roo flaps his wings when he is nervous, like when he's not happy about me handling the hens, but he knows better than to interfere.
  7. momreda

    momreda Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 31, 2009
    Cumberland Furnace, TN
    Quote:It's not a growling it sounds more like a scared cat and as far as the girls go they really don't pay him much attention! Now if my older Hen gets upset they all take notice.

    I watch them a lot but some of these moves are new to me. He will circle my oldest hen with one wing spread but down to his side ( makes me think of the rain dance Indians do) moving his feet faster than the rest of his body.

    I still haven't figured out why he burries his head in the corner when she is in the box. [​IMG]

    He walks her into the coop, runs all the other birds out then burries his in the! I am sure she appreciates the privacy but it's not a small coop so he could be out of her eye site in seconds.

    He lets me hold him but only at bed time.

    Sorry I missed all the responses to this! I will pay better attention this time
  8. Rainstorm

    Rainstorm Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 25, 2009
    Lake Placid FLorida
    Quote:one wing spread but down to his side ( makes me think of the rain dance Indians do) moving his feet faster than the rest of his body.

    I would like to know this also! my bantam rooster does that toward me when im standing in the pen or reach to pick him up
  9. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    Quote:That's like the ultimate flirting move!
    That's so sweet!!!!!!! I wish my roo would do that for his ladies. Apparently he's lacking in the romantic department, although he's gentle enough to them whenever he does his thing - he just lacks that special flair.
  10. livin-green

    livin-green Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 17, 2008
    Clay, Alabama
    Quote:Okay, so I have the biggest "chicken" rooster--he runs from all the other hens (they are older than him), yet he has pecked me a couple of times and my husband once. So, my questions is--how do you "get the boy in line"? When he pecked me, I immediately picked him up and held him for a minute and "scolded" him. I think hubby probably wasn't so nice...I'm thinking drop kick across the run....not really, but I'm sure he popped him a good one. What is the best way to handle this? I don't want to do the wrong thing and make him worse....

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