Rooster does a funny dance

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by PatS, Oct 18, 2009.

  1. PatS

    PatS Songster

    Mar 28, 2009
    Northern Califonia
    I suspect it has something to do with "having love on his mind," but I'm not sure.

    I watched all the chickens come out of the coop very early this morning. As soon as they left the run, the rooster did a dance around every chicken. It was a sideways circular dance, while dipping the shoulder closest to the chicken. The chickens didn't seem to like the dance at all.

    They are all the same age, (19 weeks), but the dancing rooster is quite a bit more developed than the other male, with very long wattles and ear lobes, and a very tall comb.

    At this point, the chickens don't want anything to do with him. Sometimes he'll grab one by the back of the neck, and the girl will squawk and run away. Is this mating behavior or something else?

    ALSO, he crows like crazy, he goes on and on. I wish he had a snooze button I could push! When he finally gets some "satisfaction" will the crowing be toned down a little?


  2. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    He's just beautiful! [​IMG] Its sounds like mating behavior to me. Thats what everyone says, any way. Enjoy! [​IMG]
  3. Bookworm chick

    Bookworm chick Songster

    May 27, 2009
    Salem County, NJ
    Yes, it's a courtship dance. My rooster always does it too. Usually first thing in the morning when I let them out in the run. It's really amusing to watch.
    The pullets just aren't maturing at the same rate. Eventually they might "squat" when he approaches them.
  4. Princess Amri

    Princess Amri Is Mostly Harmless

    Jul 16, 2009
    best coast
    I love the dancing, it's cute.
  5. crtrlovr

    crtrlovr Still chillin' with my peeps

    Yep, that's the typical Rooster dance -- it's his way of letting the girls know he's boss and in charge. He may use the dance to guide them in a particular direction -- again, to show them he's in charge. If he dances around YOU, he's telling you he's the boss over you. (Not something you should let him get by with! Pick him up and carry him around a bit so he knows YOU are the alpha roo/chicken, and he's second in command). He's a beautiful fellow! Looks like my BO rooster, Moose. [​IMG]
  6. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Quote:I agree. It's fine if he's doing it to a hen, not so fine if he's doing it to you. If you don't respond in the way he wants you to (do what he wants), he may step up his try for domination in other, not so cute ways. Best to nip it in the bud, IMO.
  7. jenjscott

    jenjscott Mosquito Beach Poultry

    May 24, 2008
    Southeast Arkansas
    I have a bunch of roosters who have the run of the yard. They are funny, because I can tell they want to do their dance at me, but they get as far as dropping one shoulder, never the whole wing, and don't dance. So I have a bunch of crooked roosters in my yard.

  8. PatS

    PatS Songster

    Mar 28, 2009
    Northern Califonia
    Thank you for clearing this up for me! And thanks, I think he's pretty, too. [​IMG]

    Yes, I can tell he wants to try to do it to me, especially if I am squatting, working in the yard. He approaches me sideways, in a tentative way, so I either put my hand on him or stand up and make it look like I'm going to chase him a little. It's hard, I don't want him to be terrified of me, but I do want him to be respectful of me as "the boss." I guess I have to use the "calm dominance" that the dog whisperer talks about.

    I read about not letting him mount a hen in my presence, so when he looks like he's about to chase one, I make a loud noise.

    I never thought chickens would make me pay so much attention to psychology!

    Thank you, Everyone!
  9. Namble

    Namble Songster

    May 20, 2009
    North Florida
    If you want him to stop crowing just put a rooster bigger than him in his pen! He will run for cover then
    ! lol Thats what i did and mine stopped crowing.

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