Roo repeative head movement

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Smittymcmurray, Jan 8, 2012.

  1. Smittymcmurray

    Smittymcmurray Out Of The Brooder

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    I have noticed the Leghorn rooster turning his head to the side back and forth about 5 to 10 times in a row. This is during eating and is not beak swiping (on a surface). Ideas?
     
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    With any kind of neurological symptoms I'd try vitamins in the water (from the feed store) to see if that helps. But there are good responses to this same problem in the thread below such as to look for mites.

    I don't know what would be causing it.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=125139
    see this thread

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=210752
    and this one

    I hope this helps!

    (Once when my chickens had mites they shook their heads every 5-15 seconds as if to get something off their necks. But that doesn't sound like what you are describing.)
     
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2012
  3. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

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    If he's otherwise normal and not having the shakes he could be flashing his wattles at the ladies.

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    I'm assuming the rooster is lice and mite free.
     
  4. Smittymcmurray

    Smittymcmurray Out Of The Brooder

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    Oh thank you and I will make double sure there are no mites or critters. I do not notice it much but that may have to do with me working full time. I will see if he's strutting and doing the lady dance or whatever.
     

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