Roo behavior at two weeks old??

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by MollyMalone, Mar 15, 2017.

  1. MollyMalone

    MollyMalone Out Of The Brooder

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    Forgive my ignorance but can behavior be a give away as to the sex of a bird?
    I have a blue copper maran chick who, from the get go, has strutted around, chest out, head held high. I've been thinking it's probably a roo as legs and feet are much bigger than the sex links I know to be female. He has fewer feathers than the other chicks and comb development doesn't seem fast but the strutting around reached a new level today. This maran chick looked like he was trying to mate a little red sex link [​IMG]
    He stands above all the other chicks, pecks the top of their heads and tries to sit on their backs. I'm hoping it isn't a rooster as I'm already too fond.
    Here's some photos incase anyone can help....
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  2. SunHwaKwon

    SunHwaKwon Overrun With Chickens

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    A lot of times the more brave/bossy/outgoing chicks or the ones that engage in chest bumping will turn out to be male.

    IME any chick you become fond of will automatically convert to being a male, regardless of their actual genetics. That's just my luck. [​IMG]
     
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  3. Shezadandy

    Shezadandy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    LOL isn't that the truth. I've had a couple pegged by that age too! Another couple weeks should tell the tale- though I haven't had marans.
     
  4. MollyMalone

    MollyMalone Out Of The Brooder

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    Ha!! I'll bet that's my luck too [​IMG]
    "Chest bump" is exactly what this chick is doing! It's the first chick to claim treats, first in the dust bath and first on me. I've called it Louis (French & gender neutral [​IMG].) Louis has always walked around with a certain poise that the other 8 chicks don't quite have. Only 2 weeks old now but Louis does seem especially precocious [​IMG]
     

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