The rooster dance

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by countrygirl4513, Jul 16, 2007.

  1. countrygirl4513

    countrygirl4513 Songster

    Apr 14, 2007
    Portland TN
    Hey all, haven't had time to visit the site. Had the new g.daughter all weekend. Whew!
    Here's what's up... my Roo's are coming into their cocky state of mind. Slick, is doing the lil rooster dance and getting quite a bit on the dominating side. He starts clucking, pecking at the ground and when he gets one of the others to come see what... he does his lil rooster dance. You know the one, puffing up, dropping his wings and sorta dancing in circles. Now I know this is normal behavior... but he is doing it to me and the rest of the family, not just the chickens. I've read on here that the best way to subdue a fiesty roo, if he gets after you is to stand your ground, let him know you are the boss. Do ya'll think that he is trying to let us know he is the boss? If so, how do I nip this in the bud... so to speak? I've had mean roo's in the past and ended up putting them in the cookpot. I don't want to do this to Slick, he is a sassy lil roo. But I don't need to worry about turning my back on him.
  2. bigzio

    bigzio Crowing

    Jan 20, 2007
    I would wait and see how things progress in the future. A mating dance surly isn't something to worry about. Take your time with this favorite roo and see how things develop. If you can handle him easily, by picking him etc... then he may be a keeper![​IMG]

  3. eggchel

    eggchel Crowing

    Dec 26, 2006
    Both Coasts
    I agree with the wait and see advice. He may just be courting your shoes, LOL.
    I had a polish rooster that brought me a worm, dropped it in front of me and started doing his "look what I've got for you" routine. I laughed so hard that I think he was insulted so he picked up the worm and took it to "another hen". LOL.

  4. cheapcheap_jeepjeep

    cheapcheap_jeepjeep Songster

    Mar 12, 2007
    Villa Grove
    [​IMG] [​IMG] Poor roo u hurt his feeling.
  5. FarmerDenise

    FarmerDenise Songster

    Apr 21, 2007
    Sonoma County
    You'll know when he gets aggressive toward you. He'll start actually charging, that's when it's tim to shake your finger at him and say "no I'm the boss" and don't let him scare you off. We have a rooster that chases my 15 year old stepson all the time, but the kid just won't stand his ground and always makes a defensive move. The rooster doesn't chase our 7 year old niece, she is more savvy around the rooster and told him off (from behind the safety of my legs).
  6. LynnGrigg

    LynnGrigg Songster

    Jun 6, 2007
    Winston Salem, NC
    My first roo, Earl, used to dance for me. He never charged me and would always dance. He did charge and spur a few unsuspecting others. I always wondered if he just liked showing off for me. I used to coo endearments when he did that. I would love for John Robert to do that. He isn't aggressive but I think I aggravate him because I do feed/treat the hens and they ignore him. I probably come across as the dominant chicken. -Lynn

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