6 week old cockerel?

RoKdHen

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Hi all. New chicken family and I have some concerns. I have 4 Bug Orpington pullets, 2 maybe 3 r cockerels, 4 Plymouth rock pullets not...2 r possible cockerels and 4 Auracana straight run. Well 1 buf and 1 arac, I think r cockerels b/c they face to face fight and I'm worried it will escalate. Any suggestions? These aren't the only 2 that fight but they seem the most serious about it.
 

sourland

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Young pullets will flare hackles, bump chests and mock fight just as frequently as cockerels. Comb and wattle size, pointy hackle - sickle - coverlet feathers and crowing are more positive indicators of male gender. Don't get rid of any of those 'cockerels' too soon.
 

RoKdHen

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OK. Good to know. They all trying to figure out their own pecking order. I'm preparing for adolescents and glad to know I've got some time before possible blood shed. We're gonna keep them all until we know who's what. Thanks for sharing your knowledge
 

TwoCrows

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Welcome to BYC!

Yes, chicks are establishing the pecking order at this age, so you may not be able to tell gender yet. Kelsie gave you the link to the What Gender section so you can post some pics of the suspects.

Enjoy your new birds and welcome to our flock!
 
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