Display of Dominance

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by eoldynski, Apr 25, 2009.

  1. eoldynski

    eoldynski New Egg

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    I have two crested Polish bantams, one mostly black and the second is mostly silver. I noticed that lately the black has its tail raised most of the time.

    Does this mean simple that the black one is more dominant or is it a male? I there only about 2 week old and I can't tell the sex yet and besides I'm very new at this.

    regards
    ed.
     
  2. Poulets De Cajun

    Poulets De Cajun Overrun With Chickens

    It's the setting of the pecking order...
     
  3. scbatz33

    scbatz33 No Vacancy, Belfry Full

    Jan 23, 2009
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    Just wait til he fluffs up all his feathers and does a weird little "I'm the stud here" dance! It's hilarious. My WC black boy did that to a Lavender orp twice his size. The orp ran the other way - what a chicken!! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  4. ThePolishPrincess

    ThePolishPrincess Chillin' With My Peeps

    Polish have very high-raised tails-or they should. It's their breed. [​IMG] Just like how some breeds of chicken have stubby tails and some have none, the Polish has a very high tail. They also tend to keep their tail raised when they are running or excited, like dogs will do when they wag their tails. Generally the same meaning. Hens will display dominance when they are together. So it's too early to tell the genders.
     
  5. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    I agree, they are establishing their pecking order.
     

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