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Boys Will Be Boys

The two cocks in the video are brothers and came from the same brood. They are about a year old now and are vying for domination of the flock and the yard. Now that they no longer have the little bantam cock to beat up, they’ve taken to fighting with each other. They make a lot of shapes but don’t do a lot of damage.

I didn’t encourage them to fight for the video and they are just displaying normal behaviour. Since they are identical, I have distinguished between them by putting a yellow leg ring on one of them. Nevertheless, I am still having trouble discovering which one is dominant, if either is at this stage. I think the unringed one might be the stronger, but I’m not sure. If you can tell from the video (the yellow ring is on the left leg), please leave a comment and let me know.

The cocks start crowing before 4 a.m. each morning so we are awoken early almost every day! We are somewhat used to them at this stage and usually manage to get back to sleep, but it can be a bit of a nuisance at times. Nevertheless, I prefer having the birds and am happy to put up with the slight inconvenience.

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