Odd things happening with my chickens.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Honeysuckle, Apr 22, 2009.

  1. Honeysuckle

    Honeysuckle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 26, 2009
    Burnin' up in KY
    I have two problems, the first one is that our rooster will put his wings to the side (kind of like those bird wind things. You know when the wind isn't blowing their wings just hang down?) and chase a hen. The hen will run as fast as she can away from him? Is he trying to mount her? Their full grown and I know he can. Another is one of my hens chased another hen for the longest time. Why are they doing this? They have been penned up for a while but this is when their free ranging.
  2. Domestic_goddess

    Domestic_goddess Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 26, 2009
    Your rooster is possibly trying to mount, and the hens do this to show dominance, See who's boss sorta thing.
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    The rooster dance is done as part of mating and when the rooster is telling the hen to "straighten up!".
    Dominant hens do chase their subordinates from time to time. Especially if a subordinate hen forgets her place in the pecking order.

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