Chicks bashing chests

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Squiggly

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Chicks bashing chests
« on: April 29, 2011, 10:40 »
Is this a sign of them being males? Im hoping not as it would seem that most of them are males if this is the case  :(

Also does the 'trick' of holding them upside down and seeing who relaxes and who pecks a good way of sexing? Im not sure they'd appreciate it either way lol

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Re: Chicks bashing chests
« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2011, 10:47 »
female chicks will also bash chests - it is a way of sorting out the dominance thing.
Staffies are softer than you think.

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Re: Chicks bashing chests
« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2011, 11:22 »
Thank you Joyful thats good to know  :)

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Re: Chicks bashing chests
« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2011, 12:44 »
My pullets still bash chests and flare their neck-feathers at each other and they're over 20 weeks old.  ::)  They pretty much have a routine of doing it every morning when I let them out of the coop.  I wonder if they will ever grow out of it.

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Re: Chicks bashing chests
« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2011, 13:14 »
Ha ha Lindeggs, sounds like they are still 'teenagers'  :lol:

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Re: Chicks bashing chests
« Reply #5 on: April 30, 2011, 01:04 »
Yes I think it is teenage behaviour.  They're all about "look at me!" and "I'm bigger/stronger/faster than you!"  and "what you looking at?!"

Maybe once they start laying they'll settle down.

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Re: Chicks bashing chests
« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2011, 23:09 »
hubby and I call it the bump bumps and we find it cute when the little chicks do it nah i dont think they grow out of it as our hens still do it we will see as they get older in years 
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