Silkies - trying to sex by behaviour

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Steph n Kel, Dec 3, 2015.

  1. Steph n Kel

    Steph n Kel In the Brooder

    Hi there,

    My question is, do (or can) hens splay their hackle feathers when they are "bumping chests" and establishing the pecking order? I'm not worried about their behaviour - I understand it's normal - but I have noticed that some of the birds will "bump", run at , or peck another bird but they never have the definite splaying of the hackle feathers while 3 others do. The difference is very obvious. On the white bird you can even see her black skin when she does this. Does this mean these 3 are cockerels/roosters?

    Thanks in advance!

    S & K.

  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member 9 Years

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Pullets/hens will flare their hackles when fighting/mock fighting - generally not as long as cockerels or roosters.

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