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Tail fanning/wagging?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by 5lovelyhens, Nov 11, 2015.

  1. 5lovelyhens

    5lovelyhens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 29, 2015
    Today we were introducing my 3 month old baby chicks to my 1 year old adult chickens. One of my adults (Black Sex Link) turned away from the babies, flattened her tail and moved her tail side to side. What does that mean?
  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    I associate chickens wagging their tail with happiness. They seem to do it when they feel good. Now, if they fluff up, tail spread wide, head down and make noise, that is usually a challenge of dominance.
  3. abenardini

    abenardini Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 2, 2015
    From my flock, I've interpreted behaviors based on the "next action" most the time. For example, many people say when a rooster dances at you with a wing down (one winged dance,) it's typically aggression/mating. My roo Roopert does this all the time toward me, but he just wants me to pick him up I've discovered.

    The reason I know this is because he'll do it at me if I'm sitting, then jump in my lap and put his head down for me to scratch it. He's never bitten me, or flogged me.

    The tail shaking - my birds do it all the time, and often after they poop. :)
  4. Deckgirls

    Deckgirls Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 5, 2014
    mine wag their tail for no reason lol...usually its like when they flap their wings to stretch them out. just weird stuff chickens do that really has no meaning :)
  5. Sutremaine

    Sutremaine Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 19, 2014
    Mine tend to do it at around preening / dustbathing time. They seem pretty chill before and after the action.
  6. 5lovelyhens

    5lovelyhens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 29, 2015
    Okay thanks! I wasn't sure if she was trying to show dominance over the babies or not. :)

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