Odd leg shuffle-- new little dance-- why?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by marisaalexandra, Sep 9, 2012.

  1. marisaalexandra

    marisaalexandra Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi,
    My daughters and I have noticed that our Rhode Island Red and our Leghorn hens, twenty-one weeks and new layers both, have started doing this funny thing when we move to pick them up. They lift their wings slightly at the shoulders, crouch toward the ground, and do a weird little churning shuffle (in place!) with their legs. It's really funny and they've only done it in the past two weeks, since (coincidentally?) we offloaded our last rooster.

    Anyone know what I mean??
     
  2. CindyJeann

    CindyJeann Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They see you as roos. Since you are the only roos left you are suddenly at the top of the pecking order. When you approach them they assume it is to mate and they are submitting to be mounted. When you set them back down on the ground do they shake their feathers out then walk off?
     
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  3. marisaalexandra

    marisaalexandra Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes! Yes! Like kicking the dust from their proverbial sandals, they shake themselves off and walk away. How funny. I sort of suspected that it was part of the submission thing, since it looks a little like how they would respond to the roos, but I wasn't positive. Thank you!! How did you ever figure this out?? Just curious...
     
  4. Queen Bee

    Queen Bee Out Of The Brooder

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    Yep, this is the same reaction they have to a rooster, after they have matured. It's funny to watch them shake afterwards--as if they are insulted!
     
  5. CindyJeann

    CindyJeann Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's how my year old girls respond to their roo.
     
  6. CindyJeann

    CindyJeann Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Or, like a woman who's not too terrible impressed and has to re-apply her lipstick and fluff up her hair. :D
     

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