Brooder Bullies

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by factorychick, Mar 11, 2016.

  1. factorychick

    factorychick Hatching

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    This is my 2nd year of chicks so still fairly new to the chicken life. This year I decided to get 6 Rhode Island reds along with a dozen others all around 2 weeks old ( buff orphingtons, eastereggers, black copper marans, etc). I guess the marans and ameracaunas I got last year were so chill in comparison, but I feel like these RIR's are wild brooder bullies. I ended up separating them from the others since they just trample and constantly pick at them. Is this normal for that breed to be like this?
     

  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockwit Premium Member

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  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    I have never had them either but, have read that they are aggressive birds.
     
  4. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

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    I've had a couple RIR's that I raised from chicks and never had any trouble with them in the brooder alongside Easter Eggers. Once they got older, one of them became the head hen of the flock but she wasn't a bully at all...she kept the peace by keeping everyone in their place but wasn't mean about it. The one RIR bird I have now is about 2 1/2 years old and is a sweetheart. Based on my experience with them, I think they have sort of a bad reputation but there can be the bully within any breed.
     
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
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