sexing through behavior

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by AHappychick, Mar 1, 2009.

  1. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

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    As I watch my juvenile chicks you can clearly see a pecking order. I was wondering how many traits or behaviors that can be a sign as to the birds sex.

    I see some mock fighting and bumping chests I figure this is roo behavior.

    I see one getting picked on watch it try to hide, I assume it is a hen at the bottom of the pecking order

    is any of that correct?

    Is their other behavior I can looks for that will help me determine. I might take pics today of the questionable ones for opinions.

    It would be so nice to be able to determine which ones are going to go on broiler crumbles and which ones will stay on starter feed.
     
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Actually, chest bumping is done by both sexes. No way to distinguish that way. They say actual pecking order behavior really begins about five or six weeks old.
     
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    My most aggressive chick is now my most dominant hen.
     
  4. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

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    oh well is there any behavior that can help distinguish them?
     

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