Chicken Jousting??

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ccarver80, May 26, 2015.

  1. ccarver80

    ccarver80 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So my chickens are now 4 and 5 weeks old.. they are running all over the main coop.

    At random intervals when one is running and happens to run into another one the both stop and kinda jump up and flap there wings at each other.

    Are they literally playing chicken?

    Determining pecking order?

    pretty entertaining to watch... they never hurt each other but once in a while seems like there challenging each other

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  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

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    It's pecking order stuff. Could be male or female.
     
  3. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    Entirely normal (and, yes, quite entertaining to watch).
     
  4. Drewnkat

    Drewnkat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep, pecking order stuff, normal juvenile horseplay.

    I've watched my chicks jump up on top of something (usually the feeder) and take stock, waiting for just the right moment so when they hop down they knock as many siblings over as possible.

    They will often run headlong down the length of the box crashing through the rest. I guess if no one challenges their run they have "won" the game? Who can tell what goes on in the brain of a baby chicken!

    So far none of mine have injured each other in these little games. It's definitely fun to watch the shenanigans unfold.
     
  5. goldies99

    goldies99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    can anyone tell me if both male and female will do this.....i have 6 week old chicks and i am hoping they are not all roosters!!!
     
  6. two j farm

    two j farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They all do that just pecking order
     
  7. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    Yes, both genders will engage in this activity. At six weeks, if you take and post photos of your birds we can help you sort out genders.
     
  8. goldies99

    goldies99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yes i was thinking that...i see a little red in their combs....pics to follow...thank you all for your help!
     
  9. goldies99

    goldies99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    here are some pics...any ideas ??..do they all look like roosters?
     
  10. tj74roberts

    tj74roberts Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm thinking that with those wattles showing up and being darkish pink that they all look like cockerels to me
     

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