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Aggressive chicks

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by anperrin, Jan 24, 2013.

  1. anperrin

    anperrin Out Of The Brooder

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    I posted this under Chicken Behavior but had a BYC member suggest I post here with pictures. So any thoughts? We bought 10 Araucana chicks two weeks ago that are now 6-7 weeks old, The two biggest ones seem to be very aggressive, They keep jumping on and biting the necks of the other chicks. Is this normal and if not what should I do to stop them? Also want to note that they are not mean with me just the other chicks.
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  2. ramirezframing

    ramirezframing Overrun With Chickens

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    those are ee (easter egger) roos which is why they are jumping on everyones back as they grab their necks but any chick will play fight to an extent
     
  3. anperrin

    anperrin Out Of The Brooder

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    This maybe a dumb question but these are only my second chicks and I ended up with only hens last time, So is it OK for them to do that or should I separate them?
     
  4. ramirezframing

    ramirezframing Overrun With Chickens

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    its a teenage boy thing just like young teen boys in humans, but you can separate them and when they ladies start to lay eggs you can put them back with the hens. This way they don't hurt or harass the ladies until the ladies are ready. If you cant do a different pen for them, try using a big wire dog kennel.

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  5. elisepage

    elisepage New Egg

    Hi, I have 6 chicks, ages 3 1/2 wks to 6 wks old. My issue is I have 1 bantam buff orp, 5 weeks old, who seems to be behind in the feathering dept, but is tall with a long neck and pronounced comb. This one, and only this one, keeps biting the neck of one of my other 5 wk old chicks, jumping on its back, and is just all around aggressive with all the other chicks, staring them down, flapping wings at them, chasing them, "bowing up" on them, etc. I know it's super early to tell but anyone think this might be a roo?
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