My "hens" are acting suspicious. (all opinions welcomed!)

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by AnaD, Jan 28, 2011.

  1. AnaD

    AnaD Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, maybe they aren't. Being that I am new to the chicken thing I am not sure if the behaviours that they are exhibiting is normal or abnormal for hens. The the largest of my 8-10 week old pullets (give or take a week, lol [​IMG]) are having staring contests and butting chest together often, thought they do sleep and eat together. Perhaps they are establishing pecking order? The lady we bought them from was not 100% sure about their sex and is willing to by back any rooster we might have back (wheew).
    The birds in question are one Ameraucana, a Barred Rock, and a Black Star.
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  2. magicpigeon

    magicpigeon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The barred rock is definetely a boy. Maybe the ameraucana too...[​IMG]
     
  3. Pinky

    Pinky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think the white one is a rooster, but i'm not sure.
     
  4. TheSpiceGirls

    TheSpiceGirls Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had one that would do that and I just thought it was the funniest thing. I too thought it was to establish a pecking order until the one who was doing it with everyone turned out to be a rooster.
     
  5. dsqard

    dsqard Crazy "L" Farms

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    Pretty sure the white one is a boy. Pullets will do chest bumps to establish pecking order though so not all hope is lost. I saw my girls do it a lot when they were younger it was funny to watch.
     
  6. justmeandtheflock

    justmeandtheflock Overrun with ducklings :)

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    Typically at that age a pullet wouldn't have any red in her comb. It looks like all 3 of the birds in your 1st picture have red combs and are probably roos. If the black one is a black star then it has to be a pullet based on the color.
     
  7. NixNoodleNumbat

    NixNoodleNumbat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 1, 2011
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    I recently got three chicks just like the white one. Yours looks more boyish than my three(Who are eleven weeks)
     
  8. AnaD

    AnaD Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh! Right about the Black Star, I had forgotten that point. She is normally the one who breaks up the behaviour.
     
  9. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    There are no "Ameraucana"'s in those photos. . . [​IMG] Ameraucanas are muffed/bearded, slate legged, pea combed birds that don't come in that color. That's either a Columbian Rock or a Delaware. And a boy.

    The barred rock next to it is also a boy.
     
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