behaviour indicative of silkie sex?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by HelenaJean, Mar 13, 2011.

  1. HelenaJean

    HelenaJean In the Brooder

    Jan 22, 2011
    outback Australia
    i have some 5 and a half week old silkie chicks and i've noticed a pair of them particularly enjoy fighting with eachother.
    They fluff up their feather and run at eachother with their legs trying to scratch and their wings out flapping. It's almost always this particular pair of them.
    I'm wondering if this behaviour indicates they're roosters or if it's normal sibling rivelry.

    any insight would be appreciated [​IMG]
  2. nivtup

    nivtup Songster

    Apr 24, 2008
    Shelton Washington
    I would bet they are roosters.
  3. destiny_56085

    destiny_56085 Crowing

    May 29, 2009
    Sleepy Eye, MN
    The girls do that to establish pecking order too... Those girls can be just as nasty with the chest bumping and feather pulling as any of the males.
  4. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Yep...females do it too, although with my girls, it was the more asservitive ones that ended up toward the top of the pecking order who did most of the "fronting." So it doesn't necessarily mean that they're cockerels. Some say with silkies that boys tend to stand taller w/neck more outstretched - that THAT would be indicative of being male [​IMG]

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