Why is this bad???

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by dandydoodle, Oct 9, 2011.

  1. dandydoodle

    dandydoodle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 21, 2010
    I have a roo that is about 5 months old, he puffs up and dances next to me. He has never flogged or bit me. I was talking about it on hear and someone told me that this is really bad but, they didn't say why. Why is it bad, does this behavior mean that he will probably start flogging or what does it mean?

    Michelle [​IMG]
  2. Prisserbabe

    Prisserbabe Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 8, 2011
    The chicken coop
    Wish i knew but ill take a guess... could he be getting ready to mate with you (try to mate) [​IMG]
  3. chickmashnoon

    chickmashnoon Chillin' With My Peeps

    It means he sees you as a threat and you are not dominant enough in his eyes that he needs to be gentle and nice, but yet you are high enough on the ladder to warrent his warning dance and possible attack. Fluffing his hackle feathers = chicken equivelant of a dogs' growl. there are a few threads on how to deal with this. I'd do a search and pick a method to nip this in the bud.
  4. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    He thinks you are beneath him, and he's treating you like a hen. If you let it continue, it will lead to full flogging. A flogging happens super fast too.
  5. dandydoodle

    dandydoodle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 21, 2010
    Oh so he thinks I am high enough on the ladder that he needs to warn me before attacking me? So he is warning me he is gonna attack me? So if they do this do they usually start flogging and biting?
  6. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    What Happy Chooks said, better than I could have!
  7. Kuntry Klucker

    Kuntry Klucker Thekuntryklucker.blog

    Jun 9, 2010
    Tennesee Smoky Mts.
    Hi, [​IMG]
    I am new at chickens too. I have a BO roo that is 6 months old.
    I am still learning but I can give you my two cents worth.

    The dancing the he does is what a roo does before he mounts a hen. In
    terms of humans it could be a behavior that he is exhibiting because
    he think that he is dominate over you.

    If it were me I would make sure that he knows that you are the Alpha roo
    and not him. Chickens do not understand commands but they do understand order.
    I would start by giving him a firm but not hard kick to let him know that you are the
    alpha roo. If you can pick him up and parade him around the hens. I have had
    to take my roo and force his body to the ground and hold him there till
    he submits. My roo has challenged me once, then when I tried these
    tactics on him that I just mentioned he makes sure that he keeps
    a good distance from me.

    If I do feel that he is getting a little to comfortable with me I give him
    a swipe with my foot and indicate to him that I am the Alpha.
    So far no problems with him. In fact, when I am in the pen he
    takes his position in the back till I leave.

    Like I said, I am new to chickens and doing this for the first time.
    This is what I have done and so far it is working.

    Good luck.
  8. dandydoodle

    dandydoodle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 21, 2010
    Oh so he thinks I am beneath him?

  9. dandydoodle

    dandydoodle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 21, 2010
    So I have another roo that is 6 months that started biting last week. He doesn't do the dance, what does this mean will he start flogging?
  10. debs_flock

    debs_flock Overrun With Chickens

    Sep 14, 2011
    Shingle Springs, CA
    Yes, he thinks you are a subordinate member of the flock. He can dominate you, flog you, bully you. Not a good thing.


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