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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by JO & RH, Feb 3, 2008.

  1. JO & RH

    JO & RH In the Brooder

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    We bought three Buff Orphington chicks from a
    shipment of 25 one day olds. They are about 6 weeks old and currently are
    doing fine outside in our orchid house/chicken coop.
    However, when I enter the house, the three run
    toward their food then, two will stop and face each
    other, jump up and down a couple of times almost
    butting breasts, then continue. COULD WE HAVE
    TWO MALES OUT OF THREE !!! Or is this typical
    chicken behavior regardless of sex. We are new
    townies with chickens

    JO
     
  2. Redfeathers

    Redfeathers Songster

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    My girls behave like that sometimes too. It's comical to watch.
     
  3. SweetLilRachy00

    SweetLilRachy00 Songster

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    Newbie here also, but I believe I heard this to be called "they are deciding the boss of the pecking order" I hope someone will correct me if I'm wrong!
     
  4. sunnychooks

    sunnychooks Songster

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    No problem. That's normal chick behavior for both sexes.
     
  5. JO & RH

    JO & RH In the Brooder

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    Thanks a lot....maybe we'll have eggs after all.
     
  6. @migocontodos

    @migocontodos In the Brooder

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    no no no...that's the pullets doing that...you have THREE roos out of FIVE! YIKES!
    lol
    JUST KIDDING
    They all do that when chicks!
     
  7. citychickers

    citychickers Songster

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    [​IMG] thank you thank you thank you! I thought that all of my chicks were roos! They are almost ALL doing that chest butting thing and I thought (was told!) that only the roos do that. I can't believe that out of 9 chicks, they're all roos![​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

    You all just made my night! I'll sleep much better now! Thanks again!
     
  8. GoodEgg

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    I bought 5 buff orps and one of them always runs up to my hand when I reach in to get the waterer and bumps her chest against me.

    They are SUPPOSED to all be pullets, but then again, mistakes can happen. One of them does have a suspicious red ridge on it's head, but that's not the one that chest-bumps my hand.

    trish
     
  9. mom'sfolly

    mom'sfolly Crowing

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    Mine are almost 4 months old and I know that at least four are pullets, one cockeral and the "who knows" silkies. Every morning when I let them out they fly, puff up their hackles and mock fight. It is hilarious, and Big Buff the Cockeral knows it. The girls are just sorting out who is boss. My money is one the bossy RIR or her little SLW friend who is a month younger. The personalities are coming out, and its fun to watch. Don't worry about the mock fighting, they're just being chickens.
     
  10. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing Premium Member

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    I love to watch the posturing and puffing of baby chicks! Very comical.
     

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