When cockerels spar

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by mdarrin60, Mar 23, 2016.

  1. mdarrin60

    mdarrin60 Hatching

    I'm new to chickens but my girlfriend has raised them before. Anyway, I've noticed that when two cockerels spar, the fight ends with a sharp peck on the beak of the losing bird. I've realized that they have a very complex social structure so I'm wondering, is there anything to this?

  2. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  3. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Sorry I don't have a clue but, many times when cockerels spar, one ends up dead. I would not let it get to the fighting stage. They need to be kept separated or someone needs to be rehomed.
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC. I've seen similar behaviour between my girls, so maybe its a behaviour not confined to males.

    All the best
  6. Birdrain92

    Birdrain92 Crowing

    Jun 7, 2013
    Welcome To BYC! Glad you joined the flock! Once a rooster has won that final peck is sort of, "Get out of here! These are my hens not yours, go!" Sometimes if there's no surrender it can lead to death. Usually doesn't but it's always a possibility. Especially if the omega rooster can't get away from the alpha rooster. Also sometimes the omega rooster can be sneaky and try and breed the other hens that are not his, and the alpha rooster will attack the omega rooster, then the hens feathers can be pulled out, after the omega rooster being attacked and running off, the alpha rooster will sometimes breed the hen which causes more stress. That's sometimes the problem with too many roosters is over breeding and stress. If you want to know more on poultry behavior all you have to do is ask.

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