Questions about roo posturing?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by 4H kids and mom, May 14, 2007.

  1. 4H kids and mom

    4H kids and mom Cooped Up

    Mar 10, 2007
    Southern Wisconsin
    ChickenDuck has started something new, and I'm not sure what to think of it.

    When I call him, he runs over to me, then when he's about 5 feet away, he stands up super tall, turns sidewides, lowers and fans that wing (so its dragging on the ground almost and fully fanned) and then runs the remainder of the way to me in this position quite quickly. Is this what is referred to as posturing? And if it is, what is he telling me when he does it to me?

    He's never violent, and takes on a more 'normal' stance once he's at my side, never tried to kick or spur me (not his MAMA!) or bite that leads me to believe that this is a non-violent type of display to show me what a big boy he is?! Am I right? Or is it some form of pre-mating display that I should discourage? I've also noticed him do this "dance" towards a few of the pullets....
  2. Critter Crazy

    Critter Crazy Songster

    Apr 19, 2007
    Binghamton, NY
    this is usually the posture you will see a roo do to a hen, just before he ummm...does the deed. He is just probbly showing off for you. sounds like he realy likes his momma![​IMG]
  3. cookinmom

    cookinmom Songster

    Mar 14, 2007
    Saint George GA
    OOOH 4HMom, your little roos are really liking you today! Did you bring them an extra special snack or something? [​IMG]
  4. blue90292

    blue90292 Songster

    Jan 30, 2007
    Rosharon, TX
    my cockerals did that to me and then the next thing i knew, they were on my leg and bit me, like they were trying to mate me. [​IMG]
  5. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Crowing

    You need to sit down with your Chicken Duck and explain the word "incestuous" to him!! [​IMG]

    That's his "rooster dance"!
  6. 4H kids and mom

    4H kids and mom Cooped Up

    Mar 10, 2007
    Southern Wisconsin
    LMAO! I almost shorted out my keyboard with the spray of soda that flew outta my nose! lol

    I was afraid of that...silly ChickenDuck! Well, I guess I should feel SPECIAL! lol He only does this to me, and a select few of the pullets! lol Man, I had such a good laugh over this I'm still wiping the tears from my face! lol
  7. greyfields

    greyfields Crowing

    Mar 15, 2007
    Washington State
    We have two random barred rock roos we keep around the farm for eventual breeding. It's hilarious to watch them try to mate our goats. They'll go through turning sideways, shuffling the feet, doing the dance, then jumping up on the back of the goats.

    One started fussing with the geese as well when they were only about 4 weeks old. Here we are two weeks later and the geese are probably twice as big as him now, so that's been put to a stop.

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