3 week old chick being protective of younger chick

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by jessschlles4, Apr 9, 2016.

  1. jessschlles4

    jessschlles4 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 29, 2016
    Jacksonville, Florida

    My new days old Ameraucana chick is clearly imitating nearly every move made by the 3 week old Ameracauna chick I have. (Older Ameraucana is brown and the younger gray ameracauna is right next to her in the pic above.)

    The older chick is being very protective and 'motherly' with the younger one. Protecting it from the 3 week old black laced wydonnette and the two 2 week old buff orpingtons we have.Showing food and water, also 'herding' when the younger chick gets too far away when I allow them time outside in the grass.

    This behavior started within the first half hour the chicks were together in the brooder. She did not act this way toward the new Buff Orpington chicks when we added them. Infact, she somewhat avoids them - she's a quiet girl where as the orpingtons are quite talkative.

    While I am very proud of the older Ameraucana who appears to be a little leader, I'm worried this may become bullying toward the new chick or maybe even toward the non-Ameracaunas as they get older.

    Is this a breed trait or unusual behavior for chicks??? Is this a sign of broodyness to come??

    Last edited: Apr 9, 2016
  2. Jensownzoo

    Jensownzoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 7, 2016
    Saint Louis, MO
    It's adorable.

    I know a lot of people with mixed flocks have noticed that the individuals of a particular breed tend to form "cliques", so maybe that is a part of it.
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