Normal roo behavior?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Eddy Chicken, Jan 31, 2012.

  1. Eddy Chicken

    Eddy Chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My 12 week old Dark Brahma roo (Barack O'Brahma) has started grabbing the ladies by the neck and forcing their heads down. He apparently has a favorite hen because her neck feathers appear to be down to pins on a little area at the back of her neck.

    Is this just normal Roo behavior or roasting pan behavior? I just figured he was kind of young to start asserting himself just yet.

    Barack O'Brahma
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    His favorite hen so far
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    Thank you all!
     
    Last edited: Jan 31, 2012
  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    That's normal. He's trying to mate. The roosters have to hold on to the back of the head of the hens to hold on for balance for mating. In young roosters, this takes quite a bit of practicing before they get it right.

    And she may not be so willing because she's not ready yet. So she'll fight it until she's mature enough.
     
  3. Eddy Chicken

    Eddy Chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OK. I'll put the seasonings away......for now....[​IMG]
     
  4. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

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    She may fight it after she's laying, too... Not all of them are easily impressed so he'll have to learn to dance and give food presents if he wants the girls to like him. [​IMG]
     

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