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what is my rooster doin?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by newguineamom, Aug 16, 2014.

  1. newguineamom

    newguineamom Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a 4 month old american game rooster I acquired. He has begun a little dance around me where he dances in a circle around me with his wing extended down by his feet and makes a growl. Why does he do this?
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    That's the courting dance they do before they jump on a hen.
     
  3. newguineamom

    newguineamom Out Of The Brooder

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    that's what I was thnkn. Awesome ! I grew up with chickz but no roos. Its been an interesting journey so far. Thanks again!
     
  4. Sylviaanne

    Sylviaanne Overrun With Chickens

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    He's dancing at YOU? Hope you have some hens around there. LOL He might get possessive.
     
  5. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    That may seem cute........

    But it is the first sign of rooster aggression. He is telling you he is dominating you.
     
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  6. krista74

    krista74 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree with Enola.

    Be very careful around your rooster.

    In doing the mating dance for you, the rooster is trying to show his dominance - over YOU.

    Every time he starts doing this, I would recommend that you take a nice big step towards him, which should cause him to back off.

    He needs to know YOU rule the flock, not him.

    It's fine if he dances for his girls though - he is meant to do that [​IMG]

    - Krista
     
  7. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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  8. newguineamom

    newguineamom Out Of The Brooder

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    I do have 4 pullets but when I let him around them he attacks them. I know some was posturing but he made 1 bleed. Since then he free ranges all day and the girls+ 1 young rooster stay in the pen. He is around me and my daughter during the day in the yard. He dances around us. We have begun walking towards him like we are picking him up, its hilarious he freaks out and runs away. I make him let me hold him every night before I put him in his kennel.
     
  9. Sylviaanne

    Sylviaanne Overrun With Chickens

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    Are the pullets friendly to you? If so, maybe he's trying to punish them to keep them away from you for himself or to keep you to himself.
     
  10. newguineamom

    newguineamom Out Of The Brooder

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    the pullets are skittish. They are faverolle wydanotte x, he can't get to them. They are about 2mnths younger than Richard, that's the roosters name, so I'm a little nervous about getting them together. I'm scares he will kill them. Rich is an American game rooster. Any advice is appreciated. BTW; 1 of the babies is a young rooster and that concerns me too.
     

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