JayDe

Songster
10 Years
Aug 5, 2009
163
0
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Lithia, FL
We have three roos in our little flock and just this week I noticed a new behavior. They will walk up to something...crouch down with their chest to the floor, make a clucking noise and peck at the ground. They kinda scoot closer to the object (usually a brick or some plastic garden edging...even the steps to the porch) while making the sound. I haven't noticed them doing it necessarily near the hens they keep trying to mate with.. So what is the function of this "hennish" behavior? It reminds me of the hen before she lays..fixing her nest.
 

midget_farms

Songster
12 Years
Apr 15, 2008
1,359
11
194
Dunlap Illinois
Roosters will do this when ever they find something interesting they want to show to other chickens. The clucking sound will often have the hens running to see what they found.
 

Illia

Crazy for Colors
10 Years
Oct 19, 2009
16,240
228
336
Forks, WA
It's rather normal. Roosters have a lot of different behaviors, which makes them so neat. I especially love their wide vocabulary and the cute "chook chook chook" sounds they make when trying to lure a hen to some sort of food they found.
 

gritsar

Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!
12 Years
Nov 9, 2007
28,906
285
421
SW Arkansas
Quote:My former rooster used to do this to draw a hen close to him. Once she got within striking range, BAM! She was mated. I often wondered why the hens never caught on to his little trick.
 

Uzuri

Songster
10 Years
Mar 25, 2009
1,299
10
171
Quote:My former rooster used to do this to draw a hen close to him. Once she got within striking range, BAM! She was mated. I often wondered why the hens never caught on to his little trick.

Oh come on, tell me you don't know any women like that
 

gritsar

Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!
12 Years
Nov 9, 2007
28,906
285
421
SW Arkansas
Quote:My former rooster used to do this to draw a hen close to him. Once she got within striking range, BAM! She was mated. I often wondered why the hens never caught on to his little trick.

Oh come on, tell me you don't know any women like that


I'm not! My DH starts being extra sweet to me, I start looking around for trouble.
 

JayDe

Songster
10 Years
Aug 5, 2009
163
0
111
Lithia, FL
So far, no one is interested in his "calling" them over..they kinda ignore the poor guy. I figured it was something like that, but since no one was responding, I wasn't sure what the function might be. Thanks!
 

Kung Foo Chicken

Songster
11 Years
Sep 11, 2008
759
7
141
Upstate, South Carolina
Yeah mine do this. They are telling the hens they found something interesting.
My OEGB roo climbs into the nestbox and makes the same noise. I suppose
he is telling them it is a nice place to lay.
 

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