3 week old chicks fighting?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Nicky-the-witch, Mar 8, 2013.

  1. Nicky-the-witch

    Nicky-the-witch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hello all,

    Total newbie with chickens here!
    I have 4 three week old chicks (Light Sussex) hatched out by my broody Australorp cross. A couple of them have started to fight/flap around kicking up at each other every now and then - Momma chicken comes over and puts a stop to it.
    Is this fighting between roosters, just sorting out the pecking order or something else?

    Any advice would be gratefully accepted!!
     
  2. Pyxis

    Pyxis Hatchaholic Extrordinaire Premium Member

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    Yep, they're at the age where they're establishing pecking order. I always think it's so funny to watch the tiny things try to be all tough. Even the females get into it, so don't worry that you have all roos!
     
  3. Nicky-the-witch

    Nicky-the-witch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Perhaps I should have added: -
    I have 2 adult hens (Penelope and Nell) Penelope being the "top dog"
    Nell hatched the chicks in the same coop as Penelope and they have continued to all live in harmony - Penelope showing some interest in the chicks and can occasionally be seen with one of the braver ones in tow looking for whatever she may scratch up out of the dirt. They are all given free range of the garden during the day and locked up safely within the coop at night.

    Not sure if any of this is relevant!

    Thanks again in advance for your input.
     
  4. Nicky-the-witch

    Nicky-the-witch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oh thank you - that was my concern!
    We would like to keep one of the girls - hoping that we have one!
     

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