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baby cockerels fighting - solution

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by JaeG, Apr 9, 2016.

  1. JaeG

    JaeG Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wanted to make a post about this as I couldn't find much when I came up against the problem of two 4 week old frizzle pekin bantams (cochin bantams) trying to kill each other. They had wounds on their faces and I'm just glad I was home at the time to remove one before things got even nastier. It was seriously bad! And their mother wasn't doing a thing about telling them to cut it out.

    I did find the suggestion of removing one and leaving it out until it got dark, then putting it back under the Mum to keep warm at night. I tried that and as soon as I put the one I'd removed back in, despite it being dark, they just started fighting again.

    So this was my solution. I'd read an article about disciplining a rooster - holding it and tapping it on the head as though it were being pecked by a more dominant rooster. I would hold whichever chick started the fight (thankfully they are still small enough to hold with one hand) and tap it on the head with my index finger a few times until they looked submissive. It took about 10 minutes of me sitting there, grabbing whichever one thought they'd have another go, until peace was restored.

    It's been a day since they were fighting and it's once again a very peaceful group of chicks. Hope that helps someone else who comes across this problem.
     
  2. TheTwoRoos

    TheTwoRoos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The reason know one stopped was because mother knows what they are doing.Their just figuring out who is gonna lead their flock.My cockerals fought like this and a few days later someone won,then it all stopped.Letting nature take it's course is the best thing to do.
     
  3. JaeG

    JaeG Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There were puncture wounds and blood. One had quite a sore eye. I've read of cockerels younger than mine killing each other. My other mums don't let their boy's play turn nasty. They step in and tell them to pull their heads in. My young pullet who adopted two chicks (both boys) when she was 12 weeks old is the best in this regard. Very strict.
     
  4. TheTwoRoos

    TheTwoRoos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh...
     
  5. JaeG

    JaeG Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, it was nasty. I couldn't believe it as to me they are still just babies and I adore them. They are super friendly and leap out of the cage door each time I open it to see what I have for them and have a pat. Their sister is just beautiful and initially when they were fighting and I took one boy out the other boy started in on her so he got removed to calm down too for awhile.

    When I searched on here someone had a 2 week old who killed a hatch mate! That's the only time they've had that happen and isolating it for a day worked for them. They were cochin bantams too.

    Did I mention this is my first time hatching chicks? You sure learn a lot!
     
  6. Jensownzoo

    Jensownzoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great. It's looking like the majority of the cochin bantams that I picked out are roos too. I'll have to watch for this. Thanks for the heads up!
     
  7. JaeG

    JaeG Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, I have 6 out of 8 who have revealed themselves to be boys! Very frustrating. I have 3 one week old chicks also and I'm sure 2 of them are boys.
     
  8. Jensownzoo

    Jensownzoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, as if this thread were an omen, one of the partridge cochin bantam boys noisily and somewhat violently mounted one of the few cochin girls. He's 4 weeks old. Oh, and has a crooked beak, so he'll not be breeding anything I want to hatch. Sigh. :/
     

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