Do Chickens Know?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Kim95037, Dec 3, 2019.

  1. Kim95037

    Kim95037 Songster

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    So I have 2 new silkies. One for sure is a rooster (Oliver) the other one (Whitney) I'm still thinking there is a possibility it may be a hen, even tho she has some wattles (which aren't all that big when compared to Oliver) and a few streamers. Whitney has also only crowed twice and has exhibited behavior and sounds that really reminds me of my other silkie that passed away a while back that was a hen. So Oliver, it looks like has tried to mount Whitney a few times. My question is do chickens know if another chicken is a rooster or a hen? These guys are almost 5 months old.
     
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  2. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 Crossing the Road

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    Could you post some pictures of your birds? Pullets/hens "sometimes" crow and mount each other but no clue if "they know"
     
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  3. Tycine1

    Tycine1 Crowing

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    I have seen cockerels mount other cockerels as a show of dominance, so I'd not consider this an absolute surety of gender for the submissive bird if you've only witnessed this a time or two.
     
  4. Oh, chickens definitely know each other’s gender...better than many humans. My blue Cochin was sold as a cockerel, and didn’t drop her first egg until she was 10 months old, had me completely fooled, but my Jersey Giant rooster was mounting her a month before she laid. I figured it was a dominance thing, but Hero was right!
     
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  5. CoopintheWoods

    CoopintheWoods Songster

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    I'd say that the chickens definitely know from a very young age. I have one EE hen who was raised with 5 roosters and no other hens (an unfortunate straight run) and the roosters definitely knew who to fight with and which poor chick to harass from a very young age.
     
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  6. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

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    Roosters will attempt to mate with other roosters/cockerels .
     
  7. silkiekeeper

    silkiekeeper Songster

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    If Whitney crowed, Whitney is a cockerel. Hens can crow sometimes, but never pullets.
     
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  8. Kim95037

    Kim95037 Songster

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    Here's a couple of pics. Thank you guys for your replies. 20191203_162352.jpg Oliver is the one in the front 20191117_163144.jpg This is Whitney 20191016_164852.jpg This is also Whitney 20191117_163312.jpg One more of Whitney
     
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  9. silkiekeeper

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    Two handsome cockerels!
     
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  10. Kim95037

    Kim95037 Songster

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    Well thankyou very much
     
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