Does bellying-up always=males?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by mothersin2ition, Apr 17, 2008.

  1. mothersin2ition

    mothersin2ition Songster

    Apr 2, 2008
    Othello, WA
    I have two banties that show no distincively male characteristics (no significant combs yet even), but they are constantly doing the "alpha male dance" thing.. They see each other, run up and puff their chests up and elongate their necks as high as they can. I am new to keeping chickens, and ours are only 6 weeks old so its not outwardly obvious (to me) as to their sex yet.
    Any opinions?
  2. Crazy4Chicks

    Crazy4Chicks Songster

    Nov 20, 2007
    Glendale, AZ
    I dont think that is only a male thing I have some babies in the brooder and a few of them are doing that - but I also have hens outside that are about 1 year old and everyonce in awhile they do that to each other -

    good luck finding the roo's in your brooder - I am still trying to find them in mine LOL

  3. SeaChick

    SeaChick Songster

    Apr 25, 2007
    Southern Maine
    Our girls did that a bit last year. I was scared they were roos, too.
  4. modenacart

    modenacart Songster

    Jan 21, 2008
    New Bern, NC
    All of mine do that, but the two that we suspect are roos do it alot more.
  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    I have a Black Orp cockerel and his sister who are 15 weeks old and they spar with each other all the time! It's both sexes, but by a later age, like mine, usually more the males.
  6. backyardfarmfamily

    backyardfarmfamily In the Brooder

    Mar 27, 2008
    My hens and my pullets do that all the time. It's just part of the pecking order stuff.

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