How do young roosters behave when they are 2nd in command???

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Arielle, Mar 26, 2011.

  1. Arielle

    Arielle Chicken Obsessed

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    I have 2 black sexlink males--one very pushy, lets everyone know who's boss kind of guy; his comb is big and bright red. THen there is the other boy who is much bigger but moves very slowly, none aggressive and hope no one will see him. His comb is as small as the girls and very very pale.

    I'm betting this is normal behavior for a cockerel in the number 2 position; a safety thing.

    I've never had bird before. Can anyone confirm, or correct my thinking?
     
  2. mother o' chicks72

    mother o' chicks72 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think your roo number two might be a hen. hope thats ok.
     
  3. Arielle

    Arielle Chicken Obsessed

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    I would love it if HE was a HEN!!!! He's a black star (blacksexlink) and barred black and med grey ( was dk grey, getting lighter). THis is supposed to be boys. [​IMG]
     
  4. GoldenSparrow

    GoldenSparrow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    can you post some pictures of him? [​IMG]
     
  5. happyhens44

    happyhens44 BroodyAddict

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  6. Arielle

    Arielle Chicken Obsessed

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    don't know how to post pics--on my to do list! lol

    HE's a black sex link.
    barred black and grey
    comb is small and pale like the 3 females. THe girls have feathered out and are black with rusty red throat and chest area.

    THis guy is quiet; often very still; moves slowly. Slides in to eat. Opposite the other guy-his name should be raptor!

    Would be nice if he's a pullet; if he's a he, he's pretty nice. Just wanted to know.
     
  7. FMAFarms

    FMAFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My #2 roos look and act just like my #1s. Equal in size and feathering and color. The #2s act as the lieutenants to the #1s, but also tend to challenge the #1s every now and then. Not sure what's going on with your roos. A sex-link male is obviously not a pullet, but perhaps your #1 roo continually put your #2 in its place so that #2 grew up stressed and underdeveloped. Always a possibility.
     
  8. Arielle

    Arielle Chicken Obsessed

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    Thanks for your input--I guess I'll wait to see if he lays eggs!! LOL
     

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