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Hi ya'll. So, recently, there are 2 chickens of mine that seem to be going at it like a cock fight. They flair up at each other and go towards other like they are going to fight. does this mean that both of them are cocks? or that one of them is and one of the other hens is trying to protect? please let me know!!! any help is much appreciated!!! ūüėä
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Hi ya'll. So, recently, there are 2 chickens of mine that seem to be going at it like a cock fight. They flair up at each other and go towards other like they are going to fight. does this mean that both of them are cocks? or that one of them is and one of the other hens is trying to protect? please let me know!!! any help is much appreciated!!! ūüėä
How Old Are They
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Pullets as well as cockerels will have differences of opinion as to who outranks the other. Most of the time, a brief skirmish settles the issue, but occasionally, neither one feels like giving in so you will see repeated skirmishes until one backs down and agrees that the other one can have the higher rank.

 

So, if you aren't sure about the sex of these brawlers, they could be two pullets fighting for rank or two cockerels. Both sexes fight with flared hackle feathers, and even claws.

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How Old Are They

they are 6 weeks.
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Pullets as well as cockerels will have differences of opinion as to who outranks the other. Most of the time, a brief skirmish settles the issue, but occasionally, neither one feels like giving in so you will see repeated skirmishes until one backs down and agrees that the other one can have the higher rank.

So, if you aren't sure about the sex of these brawlers, they could be two pullets fighting for rank or two cockerels. Both sexes fight with flared hackle feathers, and even claws.

Oh okay. That makes sense. I kind of have a feeling one maybe 2 of then our of the 5 are males, but even at 6 wks, i'm still having the hardest time finding out if there males or females. and I posted on here about it once, but the people that replied said they were breeds I didn't have. So my chickens must be a mystery lol! Thank you so much for your help!!
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Pullets as well as cockerels will have differences of opinion as to who outranks the other. Most of the time, a brief skirmish settles the issue, but occasionally, neither one feels like giving in so you will see repeated skirmishes until one backs down and agrees that the other one can have the higher rank.

So, if you aren't sure about the sex of these brawlers, they could be two pullets fighting for rank or two cockerels. Both sexes fight with flared hackle feathers, and even claws.

Oh okay. That makes sense. I kind of have a feeling one maybe 2 of then our of the 5 are males, but even at 6 wks, i'm still having the hardest time finding out if there males or females. and I posted on here about it once, but the people that replied said they were breeds I didn't have. So my chickens must be a mystery lol! Thank you so much for your help!!

Here gender seemed pretty clear  http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1106510/gender-help

 

But new pics taken in bright white light should tell the tale at 6 wks old.

 

I've seen all ages of females use their feet to fight....a little bit of 'fighting' is pretty normal, it can get out of hand if they are crowded into too small of a space.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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