The Mexican Hat Dance as performed by Floppy The RIR Roo.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by 2boxers, Mar 7, 2009.

  1. 2boxers

    2boxers Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 16, 2008
    Halifax Co Virginia
    Some of you may recall that I have roo named Floppy whose head just about made it to the chopping block. I've spared him for now as he has remained in the run & not been allowed to free range while my daughter is home. Naturally I've kept a close eye on him, and I have seen him do this little dance around the hens. At first I thought it was a real hoot, now my curiosity has grown.

    He skirts up close to a hen, seemingly at random. He drops the wing farthest from the hen and begins to hop around her, sideways, making this shuffling sound, all the while growling. Is he showing his dominance, is he wooing said strumpet and this is some weird part of his courtship, and does he know how utterly silly he looks when doing it. Does he care? I think not since he does it often and without shame.

    Being some what new to this, I am sure there is some reasonable, perhaps even rational explanation. I can't wait to hear it, whatever it is.
  2. Buster

    Buster Back to Work

    It's the mating dance! He's courting her. The next step is for him to hop on. When my 4 year old sees that stage, he tells me the rooster attacked the hen. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Mar 7, 2009
  3. 2boxers

    2boxers Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 16, 2008
    Halifax Co Virginia
    Wow. Those poor hens. If this is the closest thing they will ever get to the Chippendale Dancers, then they do have a sad life, indeed. [​IMG]
  4. sandypaws

    sandypaws Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 12, 2008
    desert of calif
    yup.. hes is trying to impress her with his sexy dance moves.. you know, like human males do.. for the same reason...
    some guys dancing looks like a full blown siezure, and it is supposed to make us girls want go home with them.. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA
  5. VettekLisa

    VettekLisa Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 18, 2008
    Hale, Missouri
    Do roosters do that to people too?
    My 4 month old Silkie cockerel does that every time I go out to
    visit with my chicks.
    He pushes everyone out of the way, starts growling, and
    shuffling his feet when I put my hands into the pen.
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Yes, they do that to humans at times. I don't allow it and always grab up the offender and say, "I'm not one of your women, buddy!" The four great roosters I have now wouldnt dream of doing that to mom, LOL.
  7. colby318

    colby318 got 'dottes?

    Jul 14, 2008
    Stamping Ground, KY
    Ahh, the sexy roo disco dance. That's what we call it [​IMG]
  8. ThePolishPrincess

    ThePolishPrincess Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Promoting dominance, not necessarily saying, "I love you." My Silkie cockerel also used to do this. [​IMG] You should correct the poblem. Pick him up and carry him around until when you pu him down, he walks away. Remember, that's your flock, not his. You're bigger than him. He might need a bit of a reminder.

    If you don't let him know, he's going to let you have a bit of his dancing feet, if you know what I mean. [​IMG] Had that happen to me, my Silkie spurred me and although I took care of the problem, he's never been quite the same with me. [​IMG]

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