Is this a sign of a RIR chick being a cockerel?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by crazyhatlady, Mar 6, 2013.

  1. crazyhatlady

    crazyhatlady Chillin' With My Peeps

    85
    8
    86
    Feb 27, 2013
    NYS
    Because I did not pay attention at TSC I got 3 red pullets and 3 straight run RIR. The RIR are about 2 weeks old now. And 2 of the 3 are bigger than the 1. And those two a couple times a day will stretch up tall and jump and bang their chests against each other a couple of times before they scatter in different directions.

    Or is this normal for all RIR at this age?

    TIA.
     
    Last edited: Mar 6, 2013
  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Chest bumping is not, by itself, a sign of sexuality. All chicks do this to some extent. It is just jostling for position.

    The males will often have shorter tails at this age. Then, at 6-7 weeks, the males will be the first to sprout red combs and red wattles. They'll often do this a month before the pullets show any color on their combs at all.
     
  3. ButchGood

    ButchGood Chillin' With My Peeps

    779
    44
    138
    Mar 14, 2012
    Central Texas
    I've noticed that if chicks your age stand tall with their head held high they are usually a rooster. While the hens stand lower with their head down. This observation held true for nearly all chicks that I've raised.
     
  4. crazyhatlady

    crazyhatlady Chillin' With My Peeps

    85
    8
    86
    Feb 27, 2013
    NYS
    Thank you both.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by