BO chick is a bully

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by mamaKate, Apr 7, 2009.

  1. mamaKate

    mamaKate Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I brought home two Orcheln's chicks 2 1/2 weeks ago(BO and RIR).The little Bo has been the more dominant from the start. Admittedly, I did a rescue thing and chose the RIR that was smaller than the others and had two peck marks on her head. I thought a sweet BO sister might make them about equal. The RIR is also more fully feathered. I don't know if this is age or breed related. Anyway, now the BO is seriously guarding the food. She doesn't just want to eat first, she sits on the feeder and chases her sister away. I tried adding a lid on the foor but she is guarding the bird, not the dish. I can't separate them. Zinnia (RIR) goes isane without the other chick. If Orcheln's has leftovers about the same age, might it help to add a third? Would it have to be quarantined first?
     
  2. mamaKate

    mamaKate Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 9, 2008
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    Has anyone solved a problem like this?
     
  3. Delta2 23

    Delta2 23 Flock Master

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    Oh wow, that really is a problem. You could try feeding the chick by hand, then the BO won't attack her coz you can push her away, and the chicks bond better with you if you feed them by hand.
    Maybe that Bo is a roo.
     
  4. mamaKate

    mamaKate Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 9, 2008
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    I do feed her by hand several times a day, but even that's tricky. Marigold(BO) jumps onto my hand and throws the food out.
     
  5. embkm

    embkm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would go ahead and get a few more chicks. I didn't quarantine my chicks and I had a batch from my local feed store, a batch from TSC, and a home-hatched batch.
     

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