Why is he acting this way?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by JodyJo, Sep 30, 2011.

  1. JodyJo

    JodyJo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    question about a rooster....is it normal for a roo to separate itself from the flock and lay down all the time, not on his side, but like a hen?
    I keep seeing one of mine doing this, he is healthy as far as I can tell, eating and crowing, but seems to stay away from the rest.
    I do have 2 other roos, but there is no fighting or anything going on...any ideas?

    He is 26 weeks tomorrow.
     
  2. chi-rn

    chi-rn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    First, laying down -- long as healthy otherwise -- probably just dust bathing. Roos like this as much as hens. Mine, rude boy that he is, pushes the girls out of the craters they've dug & takes over them himself. He's probably just not dominant, knows his place, & may be biding his time before he challenges for top position!
     
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    How many hens do you have? Is there enough for three roos? I'd say it's fairly normal for the subordinate or beta roo to feel isolated or self-impose isolation (it keeps him from getting his butt whooped).
     
  4. JodyJo

    JodyJo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    not dust bathing...just sitting down, he is roo #3, soon to be re-homed...I have 12 laying girls, 3 more at 16 weeks, so 2 roos is all I am going to keep, and will go down to one if anyone starts fighting...I guess he is just feeling outcast...
     
  5. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:I think you are right. I'll bet he'll feel much better in his new home, after an adjustment period. Every roo needs a harem of his own to love.
     

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