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Silkies - trying to sex by behaviour

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Hi there,

 

My question is, do (or can) hens splay their hackle feathers when they are "bumping chests" and establishing the pecking order?  I'm not worried about their behaviour - I understand it's normal - but I have noticed that some of the birds will "bump", run at , or peck another bird but they never have the definite splaying of the hackle feathers while 3 others do.  The difference is very obvious. On the white bird you can even see her black skin when she does this.  Does this mean these 3 are cockerels/roosters?

 

Thanks in advance!


S & K.

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Pullets/hens will flare their hackles when fighting/mock fighting - generally not as long as cockerels or roosters.

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