Is this Roo behavior?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by crayon, Jun 14, 2011.

  1. crayon

    crayon Songster

    Jun 7, 2011
    Hillman Michigan
    I have 3 EE, 3 BR and 4 SLW- they are just over 3 weeks old.

    Today I let them out of the coop and one of my EE was showing some major dominance with the other chicks. This typically has been my smallest chick from day one- but now seems to be getting equal in size. Been sticking his/her neck out long- standing up real high- pushing chicks out of his/her way - getting right into the face of other chicks in nearly a stand off pose. He seems to be very "bossy"

    I physically do not see any signs of a roo yet- although we are really early still. The coloring is very different from my other two EEers- this one is much more light. I was hoping it was a hen because I thought she would be so pretty with her light colors- but I specifically ordered *2* roos with this shipment- still always a surprise! And I did order one EEer roo.....

    Do these things sound like an early roo behavior?

  2. SunnyCalifornia

    SunnyCalifornia Songster

    Oct 8, 2010
    Escondido CA
    At that age, I've had both sexes act that way. Its not a dead give away yet [​IMG] How is it feathering in comparison to the others. Slower? Faster? What does the tail look like in comparison?
  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    They are working out the pecking order - both males and females do it.

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