Cockerels holding tails to side...submission?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Wynette, Sep 15, 2008.

  1. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    I've got a juvenile pen that contains three cockerels. The dominant one is also four weeks older than the other two. I've noticed the two less dominant cockerels tend to hold their tails to the side; the lowest on the pecking order holds his tail WAY to the side, the cockerel in the middle of the peck order holds his just a bit to the side. I've been wondering if this is a submission behavior? (The dominant one is an EE, younger two are Copper Black Marans.)
     
  2. shay20

    shay20 Shay's Flock of Fun

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    Quote:defiantly submission, that's there way on telling the other that he is the boss and they want no problem, [​IMG]
     
  3. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    Oh, that's a big relief - thanks! I learn something each time I log on to BYC! [​IMG]
     

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