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Could this be a rooster?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by brahma2016, Apr 24, 2016.

  1. brahma2016

    brahma2016 New Egg

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    We have four 2 month old Brahma chickens and this one demonstrated very different behavior from day 3. Always "herding" the others, making sure they are all at certain place, jumping, pecking, complaining if the other chickens are held. Also 20-30% bigger than the others. The other three are very calm and approachable. We now have them together with our only adult Orpington. The transition went very smooth for all of them but it seems this Brahma is starting to question the Orpington dominance. At what age does rooster start to challenge the top hen? (We cannot have roosters and would have to rehome anyway). I am fairly new to the chickens so wondering if this is could be normal hen's behavior.[​IMG]
     
  2. lightchick

    lightchick Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! Could you get a pic of the comb?
     
  3. TheTwoRoos

    TheTwoRoos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Most pullets don't fight hens,but there are hens who do the things you described.

    Cockerals just fool around usually.or they scatter.Did you introduce them just today or few weeks ago?Could I geta comb pic?
     
  4. brahma2016

    brahma2016 New Egg

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    The Brahmas were together since day 1. They joined the adult Orpington 2 weeks ago. This Brahma seems more jumpy and nervous when we come.

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  5. brahma2016

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    This is one of the other ones for comparison. I am also wondering if the redness around the eye is normal, the others don't have it as much. Thank you for all the advice.


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  6. TheTwoRoos

    TheTwoRoos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is difficult since brahamas have Pea combs.Has he tried mounting anything (a chicken)?
     
  7. TheTwoRoos

    TheTwoRoos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    are you sure she/he isn't just playng around?When he challenges her,what does he do?
     
  8. TheTwoRoos

    TheTwoRoos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sometimes they have to find their way in the pecking order,so the pullet may just be testing bouyndries.
     
  9. TheTwoRoos

    TheTwoRoos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Usually cockerals have that bright red face,while pullets faces stay more white/pale.
     
  10. Jensownzoo

    Jensownzoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine appear to be the exception to this. Almost all of my first chicks (all pullets) have very bright red faces. No idea why and they've been like that for a month (13 weeks old now). Their combs are reddish at the base, but fade to a pale peach at the tips.

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