Chick Shakes Tail From Side to Side - Behavior or Gender?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by birdsrfun, Sep 22, 2013.

  1. birdsrfun

    birdsrfun Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello All,

    I have only found one thread that asks about chicks or chickens shaking their tail feathers. I have two chicks, now almost 6 weeks old, and for a time I was worried that one might be a cockerel. Henrietta, the chick in question, seems to be showing signs of being a pullet, but she also does a tail shake, where she shakes her tail from side to side rapidly.

    Does anyone have pullets or cockerels that do this? Is this a characteristic of gender, or just a funny behavior?
     
  2. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    I haven't found it to be anything else than cute, funny behavior. [​IMG] Both my roosters and hens occasionally do it.
     
  3. Muffinburgler

    Muffinburgler Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They're just wiggling their tails like other birds do, to fix a feather out of place or to show they're content. Definitely not a gender thing, they all do it.
     
  4. birdsrfun

    birdsrfun Out Of The Brooder

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    It's funny only one chick does it. She's the same chick that sticks her tail straight up frequently. I'm surprised that I was only able to find one thread about it.
     
  5. birdsrfun

    birdsrfun Out Of The Brooder

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    It is definitely a cute a funny behavior. Chicken TV.
     

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