normal pullet behavior???

Crazy4ChickensChickenLady

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9 Years
Oct 12, 2010
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We have a 9wk. old RIR who charged at another pullet (who is same age and seems to be a "she") and each time she went towards the other her neck feathers flared out like a typical adult rooster does to a threat. I haven't witnessed this in other hens...do all chickens regardless of sex exhibit this behavior sometimes? It wasn't a big deal (as far as aggression) but those flared feathers startled me.
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We did just recently remove 6 chicks from our flock so maybe there is a new pecking order establishment going on?
So I'm just wondering if anyone has hens with neck feather flaring or could this be a rooster???
 

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