Is it true....

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by wistlindixie, Apr 22, 2011.

  1. wistlindixie

    wistlindixie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is it true that pullets will fluff up (flip up) their tail feathers if you "tump" them forward. Hard to explain what I'm talking about but imagine holding a chicken facing away from you and flipping it's backside up in the air with head pointed downward. I have heard that hens will flip their tail feathers up and fan them out (like squatting for a rooster). I have found that some of my chicks/young chickens do this and some do not. I was wondering if this would be indicative of their gender. Just curious!
     
  2. wistlindixie

    wistlindixie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is it true that pullets will fluff up (flip up) their tail feathers if you "tump" them forward. Hard to explain what I'm talking about but imagine holding a chicken facing away from you and flipping it's backside up in the air with head pointed downward. I have heard that hens will flip their tail feathers up and fan them out (like squatting for a rooster). I have found that some of my chicks/young chickens do this and some do not. I was wondering if this would be indicative of their gender. Just curious!
     
  3. JustAChickenLittle&More

    JustAChickenLittle&More Chillin' With My Peeps

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    LOL! I did have an americana hen that would do that if I just walked up behind her. It actually looked like someone who would squat down if they were being pounced on. [​IMG]
     
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    I don't know if that is a positive sign of gender, you might have something there. But it's also a sign of submission so maybe cowardly young cockeralls would do that also to keep from getting attacked by the head rooster. Besides by the time they exhibit that behavior you'd probably also know by them starting to lay, or crowing.
     
  5. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

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    Very interesting. My SS Maple does this to where I noticed it. Now I'm off to check the others.[​IMG]
     

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