Is this young rooster behavior?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by joymac, Jan 14, 2012.

  1. joymac

    joymac Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm very new to chickens so don't laugh, ok? I have a young (3 month) blue Maran that I've posted about in other forums (he/she has fused toes, was growing slowly but has recently caught up with the others, then started developing a wattle so I've questioned his/her gender). I think this post will end the my questions about his/her gender but I thought I'd throw it out. This chick is the friendliest to me of all my little flock of six Marans and Ameraucanas but today I was showing my sis-in-law how they've grown and picked up one and told sis that I wasn't sure if it was a he or she yet. When I put that one down little "Dixie" rushed over to him and all of a sudden flared out all of his/her neck feathers in a perfect circle. I've never seen this before, so what do you think, is Dixie a Dwayne?

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  2. ChickChickChicky

    ChickChickChicky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know a thing about rooster behavior, but I have seen my dominant hens show this behavior. I think it's just a sign of dominance, kind of like a dog baring it's teeth... both sexes do it.
     
  3. joymac

    joymac Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, that's encouraging because I can't have roos and have gotten somewhat attached to this critter!
     
  4. Ema

    Ema Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My roosters do this is a sign of dominance but also a sign of his willingness to show he is there to protect his hens...with that said........I have a bunch of hens that do that too...lol

    I have a hard time deciding if that is a roo or a hen, but it sure is beautiful!! good luck in identifying the gender :)

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  5. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She looks like a hen based on that picture. My more dominant hens will raise their hackles when a lesser roo tries any funny stuff.
     
  6. tec27

    tec27 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks like a dixie. It has no "extravagant" tail feathers which is usually common in roosters.
     
  7. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Hackles as shown form circle as described by OP. Some say it makes displayer appear larger although in domestic chickens, game chickens included, the meaning may have been lost. With red jungle fowl it can still be a purely display function without actual physical contact or be a precursor to physical contact. I am pretty sure the birds can see difference between hackles of other birds that we can not see owing to the way we perceive colors differently.
     
  8. joymac

    joymac Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She really has NO tail feathers yet, my other two Marans have a wedge type tail. This one was slow to grow, slow to feather out, and the last one to learn how to use the ramp but the first to greet me. She's special [​IMG]

     
  9. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

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    I think that's an immature cockerel. Not because of the behavior (both sexes flare and squabble) but because the wattles are very bright for 3 months of age. A pullet gets red, growing wattles & comb as her body nears point of lay but your bird is a little young for that. So, it is either an early-to-develop pullet or it's a young cockerel. ALSO, this is the age when saddle feathers begin to emerge on cockerels so the lack of them can mean nothing more than that they haven't come in yet (not that I can say they aren't -- a view from above is much better for that). If you can hold him/her, part the feathers on the lower back and look for new feathers coming in that are shiny and pointed on the ends. If you see those feathers, it's a cockerel.
     
  10. joymac

    joymac Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Would these copper-colored neck feathers count as cockerel feathers? They just popped out this week. Is it all over except for the crowing?


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