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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by havi, Sep 18, 2008.

  1. havi

    havi [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Si

    Mar 23, 2008
    Waco, Texas
    start to fight each other? I have two st. run banties that are butting chest's at least once a day. I would think this is more of a roo thing, but could be wrong. [​IMG] Maybe its just pecking order, but I think it might be more.. I will try to record it a little later with my phone to show everyone. But the two will sorta 'face off' and then start butting their chests together and then one will start chasing the other. This goes on for a min or two. Then they calm down and go about their business. Ive never really seen the other 4 chicks do it, just the same two.

    Whatcha think?

    Edited to add:

    Forgot to tell the age, theyre just now one week old.
    Last edited: Sep 18, 2008

  2. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Songster

    May 14, 2008
    NE Wisconsin
    They start chest-butting and chasing each other around at a young age. As they get older they start puffing out their neck feathers and staring each other down. Mine didn't start to really fight until 19 or 20 weeks, and even then it wasn't too bad.
  3. havi

    havi [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Si

    Mar 23, 2008
    Waco, Texas
    Quote:But more than likely these two are roos? [​IMG] I was [​IMG] that they would be hens.
    Last edited: Sep 18, 2008
  4. jnjross

    jnjross Songster

    Apr 3, 2008
    edwards, ms
    they're roos
  5. Akane

    Akane Crowing

    Jun 15, 2008
    All my bantams do that and majority are hens. They start chest bumping and establishing pecking order by 1 to 2 weeks old. I was worried these last 6 were all roos at first but now I'm 99% sure only 2 are. How much they fight will depend on breed and individuals.
  6. Year of the Rooster

    Year of the Rooster Sebright Savvy

    Jun 27, 2008
    West Central Ohio
    Chest bumping doesn't have anything to do with them being roosters. It's just a way for the chicks to establish a pecking order. I've seen my RIR and BR do it and I ordered them as pullets from Ideal. I also have straight run silkies and sebrights. The sebrights do it the most, but it is NOT just a roo thing.
    Last edited: Sep 18, 2008
  7. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Chest bumping is not just a male thing (human or not). My hens do it all the time. These chickens are strange little things. They chest bump and then go dirt bathe. It's their way of having fun, I guess. Pretty darned funny to watch. My babies are doing it all night long. Not so fun. [​IMG]

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