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3 1/2 Wk Old Chick Charging at Sibling? Roo?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by highwayhens, Nov 8, 2012.

  1. highwayhens

    highwayhens Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 2, 2009
    Is this a sign of a roo? Our black chick started charging at the other chick this week and pecking it a bit. The speckled chick will stand his/her ground and peck back a little, but doens't seem as aggressive.
    Today I saw the black chick get kinda confrontational to the other chick and stand up and raise it's wings. The speckled chick did the same back.
    Is it just roos that do this stuff?
  2. jtbrown

    jtbrown Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 30, 2011
    Southeastern Ohio
    Roos (young cockerals) will do that, but so do my hens (young pullets) when they are growing out. Keep an eye on them, I know it's hard at this age, you really want to know, but in my experience, ALL of my birds did that - boy and girl. Even at a young age establishing pecking order.

    Hope this helps
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2012
  3. ramirezframing

    ramirezframing Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 2, 2011
    Knee Deep
    x2 my full grown silkie hens fight more than the roos sometimes
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    Ever see that movie Mean Girls?

    It's not a male trait at all, esp at this young age.
  5. highwayhens

    highwayhens Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 2, 2009
    Ha, ha, I hope we've got two "mean girls" on our hands--or at least one!
    Thank you everyone!
  6. ll

    ll Chillin' With My Peeps

    might be overcrowding, and is boyish behavior - good luck
  7. highwayhens

    highwayhens Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 2, 2009
    Well I can definitely eliminate overcrowding as an explanation--we have two hens and two chicks in a 80' x 12' run! We have more of an "undercrowding" problem. [​IMG]

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