17 day old chicks fighting?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Donnigan, May 26, 2016.

  1. Donnigan

    Donnigan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have three 17 day old chicks. Two of them are fighting! One of them will fly up and land on the other one and both will start pecking each others beaks. Are they playing or fighting?
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

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    They are working out the pecking order, it's play fighting.
     
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  3. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    It could also be that you have two cockerels?
    I have 32 unsexed, two week old chicks. I can already tell who is going to be a Rooster... The mini cock fights are something too see! It is them establishing a pecking order.
    I look forward to the day they are old enough for me to sell all the Roos and only have the hens.
     
  4. 3 chicks farm

    3 chicks farm Just Hatched

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    Do people really want to buy roosters. I have just been giving them away.
     
  5. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    Yes, people buy roosters for meat.
    I sell mine for $10.00 a bird.
     
  6. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

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    They are fighting. 2 weeks old and change is about how old most cockerels are when they first tie up. Some times the little pullets get into the act as well. After they stop fighting on their own, rub some oil or grease on their heads to promote healing and by tomorrow they will be great friends. Its part of being a chicken.
     
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  7. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    In my experience, when the pullets challenge each other they seem to be only acting bossy. When the cockerels go at it, its standing tall and kicking the other chick over. Usually another cockerel will run over and get into the brawl also. I am no expert but I am usually right sexing my chicks.
     
  8. Donnigan

    Donnigan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is the one that starts the fight. It looks just like its dad as well as acting like him! I'm pretty sure it's a rooster. What do you think?[​IMG]
     
  9. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    Yes! Looks to be a Cockerel with its cocky little stance. Its an Ameraucana chick. cute! I HAVE 15 of those.
     
  10. Donnigan

    Donnigan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Guess I'll have to change his name from Elsie to Ezra LOL! :)
     

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