Rooster doing a little "jiggy-dance" around his favored hen

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  1. jjdent

    jjdent Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm wondering if the "jiggy-dance" my rooster is doing is normal or if he's special. Haha. Just wondering. Also, I clipped his wing because he kept flying over the gate, even after I made the top of it very undesirable. Since then, he hasn't even tried to fly. He seems to know that he can't now.
     
  2. Ridgerunner

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    Part of the normal mating ritual with a mature rooster is that he dips a wing and sort of circles the hen a few steps to indicate his intensions. A mature hen that accepts him as a suitable partner will often squat, though a few run a few steps just to see if he is really interested or just flirting.
     
  3. PineShavings

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    Yeah, male birds in the wild do a similar thing to show off to the ladies. That rooster is looking for some action (if you know what I mean).
     
  4. jjdent

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    Cool. Thanks. Well, the hen has fully developed comb and waddles, and has done a bit of the squatting, but has not yet laid. Do they usually wait to lay until they've mated, or do they start laying without all that? These two have been an isolated pair since they were born.
     
  5. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    A hen does not need a rooster around to lay. That rooster has nothing to do with her laying an egg, just whether or not it will be fertile.
     
  6. jjdent

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    Thanks so much.
     

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