I hate to post in the emergency section, but I need to do something asap. In short, my two young birds, raised together from several days old, have started to fight and tear each others' skin off. This just started this a.m. If I don't keep them apart, I fear they may kill each other. Already fighting to near exhaustion. They are only nine weeks old, are free range (warm weather here) and, up to this point, have been inseparable, including tree roosting at night. |I was not sure if they were hens or roosters. The one that is slightly larger than the other seems to be the aggressor, but the other won't give up either. Does that answer that question, or could one still be a hen? I currently am treating the wounds with a basic skin salve with some blue fruit color added (to hopefully disguise the reddened tissue; had done that years ago in a similar "short-term" situation; was told then that seeing the red injury would likely set them off again. Could not find my BlueCote dabber, but am still looking for it.) Short of getting rid of the aggressor, is there anyway they will ever accept each other again (after wounds heal for awhile)? I have them inside now in separate cages. FYI -- I saw them fighting with each other for the first time this a.m., but in an odd way -- almost "stuck" together -- head to head. By the time I got to them, both had bloodied areas around their face and little combs. After treating the wounds, gave them a cooling off period of several hours, but they still want to attack and hang onto each other's skin with their beak. I do have an adult hen who has tolerated them up to this point. When the two birds were fighting this morning, she went after them to break it up, then chased the aggressor. Any help is welcome. Until I hear something, I will just keep them apart. Thank you.