young rooster behaviour

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by lisa douglas, Nov 16, 2012.

  1. lisa douglas

    lisa douglas Out Of The Brooder

    hi i have a question
    I bought 18 hens and 2 roosters at 4 weeks old
    as yet i am unable to tell which are which
    yesterday i saw 2 of the "roosters" having a stand down match with their neck plumage all ruffled up. i assume those 2 are the roosters then?
    i have never seen any of the others do anything like these 2 who were very obviously displaying to eachother
    right or wrong what do you think?
  2. Well if you go to this section and post a pic of the 2 suspected roosters, then you'll get more responses. That said, it IS possible that those 2 are roosters, but hens will do this for dominance in the pecking order

    Best of luck with them :D
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    Yeah, a good picture and let us know how old the birds are now.
  4. lisa douglas

    lisa douglas Out Of The Brooder

    this is he ir she about 2 weeks ago.
    no comb or wattle yet but quite an upright posture and quite dominant
    sadly i lost him or her yesterday to a mongoose i think
    but i would still like to know what you think
  5. Can't tell from that pic, sorry

    Oh and hens can be quite dominant too, like you describe
  6. Mac14

    Mac14 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 21, 2012
    Northern California
    Ya that one does look to have a brighter comb and waddles, sorry for your loss. :(

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