Cockerel behavior?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Dingo, Feb 24, 2012.

  1. Dingo

    Dingo Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have seven 2-week old chicks. I've caught two of them sparring with each other twice now. One I have suspected was a roo since it was maybe 4 days old. It's shanks are very thick and it just acts cocky. I know pullets will spar but these two seem to mean it, they'll stare each other down, peck, kick, jump and end up winded.
    Are there any behaviors that indicate sex this young?
  2. Erica

    Erica Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 5, 2010
    G'day Dingo,

    in my experience, sparring at 2 weeks doesn't indicate sex. I often think the girls are sparring more at that age (though it probably varies by breed). However the larger legs can be a pretty strong sign.
    Good luck, but I would wait another week. By then you should be able to comb-sex fairly reliably.


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