Monday, February 23, 2009

When Roosters Fight

The roosters have been fighting a lot lately. I'm sure it has something to do with trying to impress the hens and the pullets. (All of which are laying now--seems the fighting started when the pullets, who are in the adjacent pen, started laying.) Needless to say, the girls are not impressed.

T.S. and I, on the other hand, are impressed. Notice how they make the feathers around their head go out and how they puff up their whole body. I'm assuming this is to appear larger. I googled "why roosters fight" and mainly came up with real rooster fights. I also found some male enhancement products, but we won't go there.

Here are some pictures to show how the fight goes. Usually they bow down to each other, fluff feathers, then jump at/on each other. Then the whole process starts again. The hens continue to go about their business scratching and pecking like nothing is going on.

3 comments:

Granny Sue said...

It's that springtime urge, you know--male dominance and all that.

The problem is that if they have spurs and get serious, one if them is likely to be killed. Two roosters don't usually co-exist in peace, it almost always turns bloody. Your roosters are beautiful and it would be a shame for that to happen. Can you separate them in different pens?

Laura said...

Granny Sue--
We're about to renovate our chicken pens. We've also decided it's time to take the roosters elsewhere. (Since they've been fighting, the kids are now on board.) Our hens are Leghorns and Rhode Island Reds so they 1) probably won't set (sit?) and 2) a bantam cross with that might be a little interesting.
Wish you lived closer, we'd be happy to be your egg supplier.

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