What happens during a fight
If neither gives in, it quickly blows up into a fight
The behaviour of roosters towards each other offers clues on what you need to watch out for.
Typically, roosters ‘ front up’ first, then turn sideways and walk around each other, always keeping an eye on their opponent. They’ll sometimes pretend to peck at something. One may drop a wing and scrape it on the ground.
Eventually, the bird that thinks its dominant will stand upright. At this point, a subordinate rooster will usually back down and slowly retreat.
If neither gives in, it quickly blows up into a fight. Roosters raise their neck feathers, stretch their bodies upward, and point their wings down, holding them out from their bodies. They use the bony edge of their wings to beat each other, attack with their feet and spurs, and grab at feathers with their sharp beaks.
A fight will carry on until a rooster is seriously injured and unable to fight, retreats, or dies.