does fighting in the brooder indicate potential roos?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by aubreynoramarie, Mar 15, 2011.

  1. aubreynoramarie

    aubreynoramarie designated lawn flamingo

    May 27, 2010
    Reno, Nevada
    i just sold three of my showgirl chicks and the buyer is contacting me concerned that two of them are fighting alot. They are about a month old. Could this indicate two roos? if so i will exchange one of them for a different chick..
  2. WhiteMountainsRanch

    WhiteMountainsRanch Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 19, 2010
    San Diego, CA
    Sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn't, I don't say they are males until I see them fighting/ play fighting at 8 weeks old.
  3. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens


    Even my adult hens will spar and belly bump when one upsets the other.

    In chicks, it is all about pecking order at this age. They are in new territory now, and all the old home rules go out the door [​IMG]

    ETA: Unless of course it is two cockerels [​IMG] (pullet will spar with pullet, pullet will spar with cockerel and cockerel will spar with pullet)
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2011
  4. StormyMoon

    StormyMoon Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 1, 2010
    Alvarado, TX
    My hens do have arguments especially over dirt bath holes, snacks, scratching spots, but the roo will come stand between them and they go back to scratching the ground or find another hold to bathe in.

    When they are little they buck up like roosters do and the feathers around their neck come up and they bump chests and do a little dance lol I think its funny.
  5. Cindiloohoo

    Cindiloohoo Quiet as a Church Mouse

    Dec 19, 2009
    Southwest TN
    All it indicates for sure is that they are establishing pecking order. I would be hesitant to swap out until you know. No sense bringing in unecessary chances of disease if you don't have to. Just my opinion.

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