When a rooster flaps it's wings in your presence...

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by llombardo, May 24, 2019.

  1. llombardo

    llombardo Crowing

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    Is that a challenge or an ok I don't want to fight?

    I have read both and I have two roosters. One I believe it's ok I don't want a fight And the other I kinda think it's im going to take you down and kill you...

    Thoughts?
     
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  2. DellaMyDarling

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  3. aldarita

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    My rooster is flapping his wings all the time right now, not only when I am around. It is very hot and that is a way for him to get some air under his wings. I guess it all depends on his stance, if the rooster is menacing when he is closed to you and flaps his wings, it means it is a challenge and if he flaps his wings and moves away that means he is not being aggressive.
     
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  4. chrissynemetz

    chrissynemetz Free Ranging

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    It could be either...it kinda does depend on his stance and posture. Is he staring you down while he does it? And possibly sticking his chest out like he's Rick Flair? Or is he just kinda looking around and not really focused on you?
     
  5. llombardo

    llombardo Crowing

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    This one is focused most of the time..a little background.

    A year ago I bought 4 girls and started my chicken journey. Two turned out to be boys. I called a rescue early on and I'm on the waiting list still a year later. They were together until about 4-5 months and I separated them after one fight. I kept the one I thought would be best for the girls and myself outside and this one became a house rooster. He(the other one)is a good boy. He follows me as I work around the chicken area. He did flog me, well not me, the bag--he hates bags. No problems if no bags. Good with the girls. I got 4 more girls and integration with the two older girls really never was successful. I got 8 more girls and integrated the middle 4--success. I then brought this guy out with them. Decided to give him a shot. So this has been for about two weeks. He is taking his job seriously. He keeps them away from the gate, gets them all in the coop at night, waits to eat.

    He is very bold. He looks at me like I'm crazy when I tell him to move. He will walk up pretty close to me. He hates any stick I carry just in case. He has flogged two of them, it's definitely the sticks and not me, but I don't like the way he looks at me, so therefore I carry protection. My other one looks at me completely different, we have a bond and I trust him.

    Before I put him out there I gave him a bath, trimmed his nails, capped his Spurs with those kitty nail covers and blew dry him--he was absolutely good for all that-just sat in my lap and enjoyed it.

    I've pretty much decided he will be coming back in the house until I build the coop I want to build and he will have his own area.

    The girls really do like him, but his flapping and boldness is not sitting well with me, so he will have a good life but no capabilities to attack me. I will admit that I have read that leghorns can be aggressive so that is my thoughts when I'm near him. When he was younger he kept his distance and avoided me.

    Here he is his first day out

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  6. chrissynemetz

    chrissynemetz Free Ranging

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    If he's staring you down while he does it I would take that as a bad sign. I would re-home him, you shouldn't have to be afraid to walk around your roosters. If you don't trust him, I wouldn't keep him :hmm
     
  7. DellaMyDarling

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    I am understanding his change in behavior has to do with change in status, between the lap pet life versus rooster duty life.
    He's more aggressive around the hens because that's his job. You gave him this job and it's his natural desire to fulfill it.

    Saw a thread on here, it's older, how to teach a Roo the Fear of Human God. It explains a lot of rooster psychology and how best to "speak" to him. I'm not even sure how to search for it again...

    Keep that stick handy. Craft one end into more of a "whip" than stick. Go ahead and whip his little tushy feathers, unprovoked, just enough to send him a few feet off. Pick up a hen. Walk towards him with determination, smack his tush or the ground by his toes.
    Always carry yourself with determination and mostly ignore him. He's not a lap pet anymore.
     
  8. Chickassan

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    Maybe his armpits are hot. In warm weather not all flaps are created equal. There is a good amount of non malicious my pits are hot flapping. :)
     
  9. llombardo

    llombardo Crowing

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    It's definitely a change. I completely get it. It's all new to him. He is very confident. He has taken to his job quite well rather quickly. Yesterday when he flogged the stick/which is a mini shovel(a kids one with long handle) I had to push him back with it. He backed off after he realized I was going to keep pushing back, but I could feel his strength. I did notice today from a distance he was flapping his wings and i wasn't present.

    I am defintely not rehoming him, I will learn to deal with him. I just got to learn how to read him. He is harder to read then my other boy. I do have to stop comparing them because they are not the same. The only thing they bothdo us crow when they hear me come home and when I walk away they crow.
     

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