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9 week old chick biting mother hen

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Maderia4, Aug 28, 2014.

  1. Maderia4

    Maderia4 Out Of The Brooder

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    I had a broody hen so I got some fertilized eggs from a neighbor for her to hatch. The chicks are now 9 weeks old and one is biting the mother in the neck. This is not a peck it is a definite bite. It bites and holds on. Last night was the first night the mother roosted with the other hens. Do you think this biting chick is a rooster? The chicks are mixed breeds and the mother is I believe a red star.
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    My guess would be that the chick was tellling the mama it didn't want to be mothered any more.
     
  3. Maderia4

    Maderia4 Out Of The Brooder

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    I hope you are right. I really don't want any roosters. One neighbor isn't exactly thrilled about the hens clucking when they lay. A rooster might set him over the edge.
     
  4. WhiteLeghorn2

    WhiteLeghorn2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hopefully Judy is right! :)
     

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