Okay, first of all, before you report me to PETA, I would never spank a chicken...
Being my first time raising from chicks, I have questions about behavior. My chicks are 3 days old and they are rambunctious. I know chicks normally flit about and hop all over the place exploring, but when it comes to the other chicks, sometimes the interactions are a tiny bit concerning.
My three Easter Eggers will run and "leapfrog" others, including the other EEs. They sometimes just walk up behind them and pounce on top. I don't know if they are just playing or trying to get past them or what, but I want to make sure this is not an aggressive type behavior that I need to curb.
Almost all of my chicks will also tap at each others beaks. They will peck it the little nub at the end of another chicks beak. Occasionally, one will try to nip at an eye if they see it blinking. I have seen a couple times when a chick will be preening its little wings, another chick will come up and watch then try to nip at a wingtip. They don't keep at it. It's just a peck then they run off in search of more interesting things. It seems to me that they are going after things that look like potential food, but I am not 100% certain.
Are these things that I need to watch out for? Or is my gut right and it's just that "kids will be kids"?