is chick behavior telling me the sex?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by bj taylor, Feb 15, 2012.

  1. bj taylor

    bj taylor Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my two week old chicks are chest butting each other. i would think this was male behavior, but i would also think they're too young for sex specific behavior. please clue me in. thanks. bj
     
  2. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's normal for youngsters to chest bump whether they are male or female.
     
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  3. bj taylor

    bj taylor Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks yay chicks; i was hoping i didn't have that many roosters. [​IMG]
     
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Chicks of all ages and even upon occassion pullets and hens will flare hackles and mock fight. They are already working on setting the pecking order.
     
  5. JoieD

    JoieD Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's true they all do it. I thought I had 14 males. All that chest bumping and fighting, I was so sure I almost called the hatchery to complain. Thank goodness I didn't. I ended up with 14 pullets !
     
  6. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    To ensure at least a little totally useless information is included, I will be males do it more frequently than pullets starting at hatch. My games and American dominiques that can be sexed at hatch follow this pattern.
     

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