name this behavior

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Lucy4, Apr 21, 2009.

  1. Lucy4

    Lucy4 Chillin' With My Peeps

    My mommy brain isn't working. You know when they fly at another chicken, feet first? Sort of aggressive. One of mine is doing that frequently. Um... that doesn't mean she's a rooster, does it?

    I think if my others could roll their eyes at her, they would. She's sort of annoying.
  2. chickenhick

    chickenhick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 27, 2009
    Hmm...never seen that before.....maybe just an agressive lady!
  3. mtnhomechick

    mtnhomechick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 27, 2008
    Mountain Home, AR
    Establishing a pecking order???
  4. aidenbaby

    aidenbaby Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2009
    I don't know what it is called but all of mine do it too. And I have 3 for sure pullets and 2 hopefully pullets. I think they are just trying to work out pecking order and play fighting at this age.
  5. Lucy4

    Lucy4 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hm, I thought there was a certain name for it, but it might just be mommy brain catching up to me.

    Well, good to know it's not necessarily indicative of a rooster. She's definitely working on being Queen Chick then.

    Thanks for the feedback.
  6. Redhead Hen

    Redhead Hen Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2009
    Rising Sun, Maryland
    My pullets are doing that and they are about 5 wks old. So are my little chicks - they are not sexed. I think it is more along a pecking order thing. Even if you only have girls, one will be the dominant hen. She may not lay and she would take the vacant roll of the roo.
  7. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    It's pecking order. Wait till your hens get big and do it. Talk about a girl fight! [​IMG]
  8. NotTheMomma

    NotTheMomma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Not sure.

    My friend has chicks the same as as mine, and hers were jumping in the air and smashing their chests/bellies together! Too funny!! None of mine do it though.
  9. Year of the Rooster

    Year of the Rooster Sebright Savvy

    Jun 27, 2008
    West Central Ohio
    I believe its called "Flogging". At least, thats what they call it when roosters do this do you.

    I agree its just pecking order stuff.
  10. mom2chicksandpups

    mom2chicksandpups Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 18, 2009
    Southeast Alabama
    I have seen adult hens do this. I agree that it's a pecking order thing.

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