Rooster behavior question

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Pinky, Jan 24, 2009.

  1. Pinky

    Pinky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You know they way roosters fluffs up his neck feathers before they fight? I noticed that sometimes before my roosters try to mate with the hens they raise their head high and fluff their neck feathers out.They don't look or act agressive when they do this.
    Anyone know if this is this mating behavior,or dominant bird behavior? [​IMG]
     
  2. #1California Chick

    #1California Chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes - to both!!
     
  3. Gazinga

    Gazinga Chook Norris

    it is both, a mating behavior and establishing dominance in teh process, perfectly natural and normal
     
  4. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    Normal
     
  5. Pinky

    Pinky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! [​IMG] I thought it had to do with breeding or the pecking order.Didn't know it was both.My roosters don't always do this,but mostly to hens recently added. [​IMG]
     

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