Is Fighting an Indication of Gender?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by hililyhilo, Jan 7, 2014.

  1. hililyhilo

    hililyhilo Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 17, 2012
    SF Bay Area, California
    I recently introduced 3 new young silkies to my silkie roo. He immediately pecked on one of them and did it again to the same one the next time they were in the coop together. He didn't peck the other two. Does this mean he recognized the pecked chicken as another male?

    Also, I keep seeing two of the young silkies fight each other. Does this mean that they are the same sex (hopefully female!) and are working out the pecking order? Or can roos and hens face off like this?

    I know silkies are hard to sex so I'm hoping these behaviors are clues.

    Thanks for any feedback!
  2. redrooster99

    redrooster99 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2013
    im not sure about the rooster pecking the one, but when
    any chicken is introduced they fight. and hens can fight like roosters and roosters and hens can fight
  3. Farmer Viola

    Farmer Viola Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2013
    females and males will both fight. I don't think it means he recognized it as male or female, if anything I think it doesn't matter to them at all at that age.

    if you had all females they would still squabble. it is normal for them to work out the pecking order, the earlier the better since it will hurt more later. roos and hens will face off, roo vs roo might have more to prove as they get older and their hormones start working (around maturity age)
  4. hililyhilo

    hililyhilo Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 17, 2012
    SF Bay Area, California
    Thank you for the clarification. It's a relief to hear that it's not necessarily because my silkies are males that they are fighting. [​IMG]

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