Chest bumping?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by csummer8882, Jun 13, 2011.

  1. csummer8882

    csummer8882 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 6 chicks (3 NHR, 2 GC and 1 RIR), all suppose to be girls, all 7 weeks old. When we let them out to free range, a few will chest bump while pecking the ground. What is that and why do they do it? Thank you!
     
  2. JodyJo

    JodyJo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    sure they are girls? my roos do that...not one of the pullets do it....pics of your "girls"?
     
  3. serenityNH

    serenityNH Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 10 three week old chicks ALL of them have started 'chest bumping' in the last few days. I hope it's not just a roo behavior or I'm in big trouble!!! I assume they are just establishing pecking order?
     
  4. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    It's normal. All chicks do it. They are establishing their pecking order.
     
  5. JodyJo

    JodyJo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Not ALL, none of mine have ever done it.....but good to know...only my roos have ever done this....
     
  6. csummer8882

    csummer8882 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] this one is one that normally does it, doesnt have much for tail feathers and was slow to grow.
    [​IMG] this is "her" closest to the feeder

    Thanks everyone for any and all input!

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  7. jettgirl24

    jettgirl24 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    At that age I think you would know if they were roos... The usually have much bigger combs and waddles and they are very red by that age. I recently hatched a little roo - pic below is of him at approx. the same age as yours. Note the big red comb and very developed waddles.

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  8. stubbornhill

    stubbornhill Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not that I'm helping you by answering your question, but just had to tell you. The second picture is super cute! [​IMG] Hope your first experience with chickens is a wonderful one!
     
  9. csummer8882

    csummer8882 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you! [​IMG]
     
  10. Henicillin

    Henicillin Pill Counting Pullet

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    Everybody does the staredown-stretch up-chest bump in my house, and they're theoretically all pullets (I have my doubts about one of the Faverolles, though). It's fun to watch - like some sort of chicken martial art.
     

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