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Cockerels backing up other cockerels

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So I have noticed when I'm occasionally asserting my dominance with my 3 cockerels(20weeks today), whether that be thumping my chest or having to give them occasional slow chase, that the two cockerels that are not my targets seem to like come to the aid of the targeted. They will usually begin clucking loudly like my target and will walk beside me or behind me making all kinds of racket. They really seem to not like each other but I find it odd in times of distress they seem to want to come to the defense. Do others have this experience?
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It sounds like you are making yourself appear as a predator to them. They may not like each other but chickens are chickens and will defend the flock from predators.

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“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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I have two sets of brother roosters, and they will defend eachother with their lives. I don't think it's that unusual. They grew up together, and protect eachother better than they do hens :lau

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It sounds like you are making yourself appear as a predator to them. They may not like each other but chickens are chickens and will defend the flock from predators.

While I can't say for certain, I do not believe my chickens see me as a predator. Other interactions are normal. I only assert dominance when someone decides to test their limits. One has dropped a wing at me a week ago and be instantly went sky high and hasn't even thought about doing it again. One rushed up to my boot and didn't back down from the nudge and also found himself learning all about the boot. Now he keeps his distance. One is just grumpy and the lowest ranking. He does all kinds of bluff stuff to me but is quite chicken. I'm attached to that one which may be why he seems less afraid of me. He likes to try and get me to play the here's a treat for you, reach down and grab it and I will bite you game. Not sure what I will do with him as he is a GLW and is the last of the three to hit his hormones. He has even started getting ballzy with the other males.
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