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I purchased 4 baby chicks yesterday to add to my small backyard flock.  Had 8 laying hens until last weekend when 2 disappeared. Still shedding tears over that so be easy with me.  I bought 1 of each--barred rock, cuckoo maran, buff orp, and Americauna.  The Americauna keeps trying to peck the Buff Orp's eyes.  What the heck?  Doesn't bother the other two.  I have read conflicting reports on the temperament of Americaunas, but never anticipated this the first night I have them.  Any way to make her stop?  What should I do?  Please advise me experienced chicken keepers...Liz Newman, Whitesboro, TX

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That can be common with very young chicks, they don't usually cause any damage, and they stop it after a couple of days. Make sure your brooder isn't too hot, 85-90 is a good starting temperature and I always add a few shiny glass rocks to give them something to peck at. If it continues or gets rough you can use some wire to make a jail for a few days. Sorry about losing your hens, it happens, hopefully you were able to fix whatever it was that let them get in.
Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Thank you so much for your reply!  I have tried all of your suggestions and it already seems to have improved somewhat.  You are right...she didn't appear to be doing any harm, but I had no idea if it would get worse.  I'll continue to keep a watchful eye and again thank you for taking the time to give me some advice on this situation.  I really need a full-time chicken advisor...lol  

 

As far as the loss of 2 of my hens, they were out free ranging when it occurred.  So far my coop has been secure, except for a snake.  They just disappeared...no noise or ruckus or anything.  Just a few feathers noted on the edge of the woods.  I will not let them out so freely anymore.  Thanks for your understanding...


Edited by eanewman - 3/26/16 at 8:19pm
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Hopefully your feisty chick will calm down. Some like pecking at eyes and occasionally I get one that's convinced that the other chicks toes are worms and will continually grab toes, both are frustrating situations.

I have lost chickens in the same manner, the usual suspects are Fox, coyotes, and hawks. Since you lost two in one day it was probably a coyote. They will keep coming back to find more. We have dealt with them before, it's not easy losing any of them.
Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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