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I don't know if this is in the right place or not, so sorry if it isn't. 

What do you do if you have an overly aggressive chick?  I am new to chickens and have my first group of seven chicks, five are 5 weeks old and two are 4 weeks old.  One of the 4 week old chicks (I'll call it naughty chick) is super aggressive towards the other birds.  Naughty chick is constantly picking fights with the rest of them, pecking at their necks and their heads, doing the thing where they fly at each other all puffed up, etc.  The other 4 week old chick has a sore on one of its wings b/c naughty chick keeps pecking at it.  None of the other birds bother the hurt one at all, so I know it's naughty chick.  Naughty chick is picking fights with one of the 5 week old birds in particular, which I think is going to be a rooster.  They are constantly going at it, and naughty chick will mistakenly go after the rooster's look alike, even though that one never bothers it and is a very gentle bird.  (Am I making sense at all??  lol)

Is there anything that I can do?  Should I just rehome naughty chick?  I don't want it if it's going to spend its whole life terrorizing the rest of the flock.  These birds all came from the same place and have all been together from birth (minus one week), so I don't think that is the problem.  I would greatly appreciate any suggestions you all could give me.  Thanks!!

Kara - home to 1 smart dog, 1 hyper puppy, 3 lazy cats, and 32 crazy chickens...oh, and a 13 year old kid and a husband thrown in there for good measure.   

 

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Kara - home to 1 smart dog, 1 hyper puppy, 3 lazy cats, and 32 crazy chickens...oh, and a 13 year old kid and a husband thrown in there for good measure.   

 

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Well sounds like you have two roo's, and naughty chick is trying to establish himself as leader.  If he's that aggresive now he could be a nightmare roo later.  If it were mine i'd seperate naughty chick for a few days to let your small flock reestablish itself with the other roo as leader.  Then when you reintroduce naughty back in he will have been knocked down a few pegs from his high horse & hopefully not so aggresive.  If he still is, stew pot or get rid of him would be my move.

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1 leghorn, 2 polish, 2 buff's, & a dozen silkies in a pear tree!  4 dogs a barking, 6 kids a squabbling, & one WONDERFUL husband! 
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first  welcome-byc   

I agree with RedfogsFlock, you need to separate the bad boy... put him in another area that he can't get in touch or even just see the others..

after several weeks, you can try to release the bad boy to join the flock and watch his behavior, he will surely be picked by whole flocks since he will be considered as new boy in the flock. if he still insist to become leader by using such wrong way like hurting the other endlessly.. simply made him delicious fried chicken like The Colonel did... big_smile

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pardon for bad grammar and spelling, I'm not a native English speaker..
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The only good and honest police in my country is police statue.

pardon for bad grammar and spelling, I'm not a native English speaker..
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