Rooster grooming

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Ellie_NY_chick, Oct 19, 2008.

  1. Ellie_NY_chick

    Ellie_NY_chick Songster

    Jul 1, 2008
    Finger Lakes, NY
    I saw the weirdest thing last night when I was "tucking my birds in". We separated the boys from the girls with a chicken wire wall in the coop, and we have two roosters that sleep together on a roost on the boys side.

    Last night one was grooming the other. He was gently pulling the head feathers of his friend through his beak, and the other one just sat there with his eyes closed and his head tilted over, just enjoying the attention. I watched this for about ten minutes before they settled down next to each other and went to sleep.

    Has anyone ever seen anything like this before? I dont see it at all with the hens.

    Just curious...[​IMG]
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    My hens groom the alpha roo. I've never seen either rooster groom the other; but they pretty much ignore each other anyhow.
    I'm quickly learning anything is possible with chickens.
  3. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

    Jul 11, 2008
    I have a few hens that will groom the roosters head, he does the same thing as yours puts his head down and shuts his eyes !!!! kind of cute !!!!!

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