Sparing

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by PhlyinPheBee, Sep 22, 2010.

  1. PhlyinPheBee

    PhlyinPheBee Poodles, Chicken, Goats--OH MY!!

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    I have 3 6 month old cochin mixes. They will spar sometimes. Going on saddle feathers I did have to cull the 4 one because it was a roo. Do pullets spar???
     
  2. greenmulberry

    greenmulberry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yes they sure do!
     
  3. Adopted Chickenman

    Adopted Chickenman Out Of The Brooder

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    [​IMG] It's called creating the pecking order. And once that is done things get calmer until you either introduce chicken mathmatics or someone else wants the alpha position. Just stand by with a spray bottle of water if things get to rough.
     
  4. PhlyinPheBee

    PhlyinPheBee Poodles, Chicken, Goats--OH MY!!

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    That is good. I just came in from checking them and I still do not see any saddle feathers! I hope that they are pullets!! I want to see if the EE mixes lay green eggs!
     
  5. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pullets certainly do spar. Hackles come up, chest bounce, squawk.....but they rarely injure each other. As others have said, establishing the pecking order,

    Sandie
     

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