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Got a trouble maker

post #1 of 8
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I have 4 chicks about 4 1/2 weeks old. Their personalities have changed so many times over that time on who's dominant and who's the most docile. Now, out of all four breeds, the one Ameracauna seems to be the biggest trouble maker. She hunches down to face others, then flies on top their backs and pecks at them.

 

Is she being a turd or are they playing? She'll randomly chase them around when we let them out and the others seem to not want to have any part of it.

 

Others are BO, White PLymouth Rock, Welsummer

post #2 of 8
She's dominating them, it's pretty normal.
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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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post #3 of 8
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But I thought ameracaunas were calm. I specifically picked 4 calm or friendly breeds. I missed out on a Sussex so had to go with the white rock, which was the dominant one at first which is to be expected.

 

when she gets too worked up I tap her on the head and we have a stare down contest.

post #4 of 8
She's feisty too, is she an actual Ameraucana, which I've had and they are always on the top of the pecking order, or is she an EE? Hopefully you are winning those stare down contests. Is it possible you have a little rooster?
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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post #5 of 8
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Well she has dark blue legs not green. Her colors look like EE though since it's brown shades with black speckles. Her beak is the same as the others so no visible comb yet.

 

They were sexed so she better not be a roo!

post #6 of 8
Well than let's hope not.😁
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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post #7 of 8

I wrote an article on how to discipline an aggressive chick to get them to stop the behavior. The link is below under "Articles by azygous".

 

There's no guarantee that all individuals of a docile breed will be, in fact, docile. Just as in humans, all are different and unique.

 

But it doesn't take a lot of effort to train the chick to behave. Read the article. It tells exactly how to do it.

post #8 of 8
Thread Starter 

Kinda late, but I did read through that. I laid down the rules and while she is still top dawg, she doesn't get crazy. I would tap her on the head and stare her down when she'd jump on the others.

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