My pullets are fighting?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by AnaD, Jan 27, 2011.

  1. AnaD

    AnaD Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We got our pullets from a woman who used, to my untrained eye, dubious methods to tell the sex of our fully feathered chicks, telling us she would buy them back if they turn out to be male. Two of them (the boldest of our six) have been running around having staring contests and flapping their wings at each other, but nothing worse then that, perhaps partially due to the fact that another of our chicks breaks them apart by standing between them. We are wondering if this behaviour could be a sign that one or two of our chicks may be boys or do all flocks have displays of dominance to see who will be top hen of the group?

    Thanks in advance,
    Ana
     
  2. Cloverleaf Farm

    Cloverleaf Farm Bearded Birds are Best

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    They will all spar with each other to establish pecking order, however, that particular behavior I have only seen in young males...how old are they? Can you post pics so we can see if we can further help you with sexing??
     
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    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

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    Sounds like they are pretty young. I have observed pullets facing off and fighting like young roosters to establish the pecking order. And in a flock of hens, often one hen will take on some of the duties of a rooster. The jury is still out on your flock. I'm suspicious, especially about the one that is doing the separating, but it could go either way.
     
  4. AnaD

    AnaD Chillin' With My Peeps

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