Sparring chicks!? Male & female?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by brandoncakes, Feb 26, 2012.

  1. brandoncakes

    brandoncakes Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 25, 2010
    Kailua, HI
    We just got two chicks from our local pet shop, and they seem to be male & female (white cochin bantams). One is a little larger/taller, has a bigger comb, legs are stalkier, tail feathers are growing faster, so I'm assuming it's m&f. They are both the same age too, hatched the same date. However, they are always sparring like 2 cockerals. Do pullets do the same thing? Could both be cockerals? Or is it because the two of them are in the cage alone, it's likely they will spar with each other? I don't notice the male trying to defeat her, they usually stop after one jump at each other and go about their business.
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    I would guess they are bored, and pecking what is handy because they don't have the ground available to peck around for food, which is what would be natural for them to do now.
  3. ScotianChick

    ScotianChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 27, 2010
    Mine always fought when they got older to establish a pecking order. They'll calm down once they work it out :)

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