6week old silkie protecting mother and sibling?!? started a brawl with"daddy"

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by beeryfun, Oct 4, 2014.

  1. beeryfun

    beeryfun Out Of The Brooder

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    some new and interesting behavior I witnessed tonight...
    my female silky laid and hatched two babies on August 21st all natural. I currently have the three of them separated in a very nice set up. Lots of room and nice conditions. tonight I finally decided to allow Tyrone, the daddy, you have a supervised visit. Immediately the larger of the two chicks attacked him. So I am wondering do you think this behavior indicates that he is a cockerel? I am sure it does. And also has anybody seen a six week old baby protect his mother and siblings? This clearly was the case. He stood guard as his mother the entire time tyrone was visiting. The daddy had no problem hanging out in there. Did not display any kind of mating behavior or aggressive nest until he was attacked. And even still he was incredibly gentle. Either I have a big wimp on my hands or I just have protective baby. Most of my other chickens are standard sized besides my silkie rooster and 2 Cochin silkie cross. not really sure that's relevant lol. I got part of it on video. Kind of proud
     
  2. chooks4life

    chooks4life Overrun With Chickens

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    Sorry, but I think it's mentally imbalanced... That extreme of aggression in a chick has never turned into anything good in an adult, that I've seen. It's not natural for a chick to defend its mother or siblings. Abnormal levels of aggression are common enough though, you get newly hatched chicks killing other chicks and so forth...

    Well, hope I'm wrong for your sake. Best wishes.
     
  3. beeryfun

    beeryfun Out Of The Brooder

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    Wow... So glad you replied. I'm surprised you understood the gibberish of my initial post. I was doing talk to text and didn't proofread. I agree that I've never heard of aggressive behavior like that at that age unless something wasn't quite right. although in my hours in hours of observation at never seen a single bit of aggressiveness out of this guy until Big Daddy stepped in. so here is background and a theory: I bought both silkie chickens from a woman who supposedly breeds them. I believe what she was doing was weeding out the imperfect ones because she wasn't going to breed them. I only wanted pets so I of course would not mind if they weren't perfect. I believe there was some pretty close inbreeding going on honestly. The smaller of the two babies that were hatched from these two parents is a cross beak.from what I understand there are several theories on what causes this condition but I am inclined to believe that it is mostly genetic. a few chicken enthusiast told me I should never allow those two parents 2 three together or with other chickens 2 allow them to hatch babies again.I wonder if there is something in that possibly inbred gene pool that isn't quite right? I am strictly a pet ownerso I do not plenty in or need to have any new babies.thank you for your time.
     
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