Rooster side stepping and flaring wing on one side?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by sticks22, Sep 3, 2008.

  1. sticks22

    sticks22 Songster

    Aug 5, 2008
    Grove, oklahoma
    What does this mean? Is it a threatning jesture or a mating dance?
    Last edited: Sep 3, 2008
  2. Jennyhaschicks

    Jennyhaschicks Songster

    May 3, 2008
    It means he's being a bully.
  3. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

    May 24, 2007
    In my experience that's a mating dance!
  4. MaransGuy

    MaransGuy Songster

    Oct 25, 2007
    Greenfield, MA
    It is how they display to the hens for courtship and one way they show their dominance over other roosters. If the "wing drop" does not keep the other roosters in line it then progresses to the flaring of hackles and then actual fighting.
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  5. The Chicken Lady

    The Chicken Lady Moderator

    Apr 21, 2008
    West Michigan
    If he's dropping one wing and circling around a hen, it's his little "rooster dance," which is a way to show off to the hens and (attempt) to attract them. You'll notice that, after doing that, he may try to mount the hens.

    Sometimes he will even do the little dance toward you, which can be funny because he thinks you're just a big chicken, too. [​IMG]
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  6. Emzyyy

    Emzyyy Runs with Deer

    Jul 14, 2008
    Derby Kansas
    Mine do that all the time but my males will do it to each other too not just to the hens...maybe their gayyy? roflamo. [​IMG]
  7. Jennyhaschicks

    Jennyhaschicks Songster

    May 3, 2008
    Oh boy. My roo does this when he comes over to me. I thought he was being mean.
  8. Michigan Chickman

    Michigan Chickman Songster

    Jul 11, 2008
    SW Michigan
    Wow! Mine do that sometimes, but most of the time they just chase the girls down. Do they dance for their favorites maybe?
  9. sussexgal

    sussexgal Songster

    When my guy does that, the object of his dance best pay heed or loose a beakful of feathers from its head! Spanky is a mixed breed roo... he's very protective of the flock but a bit selfish when it comes to food. If I put out three areas of scratch, he runs from area to area doing his side step dance at all three. He side stepped me once... We now have an understanding [​IMG]
  10. redoak

    redoak Songster

    Feb 27, 2008
    Russia, NY
    My roosters do this to my 2 dogs, my pit bull just watches them, my aussie tries to herd them.

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