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Rooster tap dancing? *NOW WITH VIDEO*

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mrbstephens, Sep 2, 2009.

  1. mrbstephens

    mrbstephens Chillin' With My Peeps

    This morning when I let the chickens out of the hen house my rooster was moving his feet around that looked just like he was tap dancing! Has anyone else seen their chickens do this? He's getting huge by the way. He's only 19 weeks old and is close to twice the size of the hens that are the same age. He's a Partridge Rock. When he walks and jumps, he practically makes the earth shake. And now his clucking is a low baritone. His crowing has gotten MUCH louder and way more often. He's waking me up now that the windows are open, because the AC is off. I fall right back to sleep, but I don't think the neighbors are too happy about it. I'll be covering up the windows to the hen house sooner than later for the night time and hopefully his early morning wake up call won't be so disturbing. [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Sep 7, 2009
  2. tallieb

    tallieb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just saw that very same thing from my EE Rooster this morning.
    I am too curious as to what he was doing.
     
  3. HorseFeathers

    HorseFeathers Frazzled

    Apr 2, 2008
    Southern Maine
    He's either scratching for food or, most likely, dancing for his ladies. It means he wants to mount them, I believe... we do not have a roo (sadly, the neighbors would complain) but I have read a lot about it here.
     
    Last edited: Sep 2, 2009
  4. Chicken Woman

    Chicken Woman Incredible Egg

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    We need a video !
     
  5. mrbstephens

    mrbstephens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Yes, he dancing when a hen comes near him.
     
  6. mrbstephens

    mrbstephens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Here are some pics of him:

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  7. HorseFeathers

    HorseFeathers Frazzled

    Apr 2, 2008
    Southern Maine
    Quote:Yes, he dancing when a hen comes near him.

    Yup, there's your answer. Whatever you do, don't let him dance to you, however funny it is. It means he thinks he's dominant over you and he could be violent towards you if you don't fix it. If he tries, some people hold their roosters. Or kick them... though I would prefer the first for obvious reasons!
     
  8. awtandrocks

    awtandrocks Out Of The Brooder

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    I don't have a clue what the tap dancing means but that sure is a pretty Roo.
     
  9. OccamsTazer

    OccamsTazer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is there a dominance component to it? One of mine tap dances right before he attacks me...
     
  10. HorseFeathers

    HorseFeathers Frazzled

    Apr 2, 2008
    Southern Maine

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