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Hackles are the feathers around the neck of a chicken. They look different based on the sex of the chicken. Hens have rounder hackles, whereas roosters have longer, thinner, and pointier ones.

When a chicken wants to intimidate another chicken, all their hackles will stand up in order to make herself look larger. This is particularly noticeable when they are establishing the pecking order or face off an opponent in a fight.


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