Bully Baby

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by salemtucker, Mar 3, 2016.

  1. salemtucker

    salemtucker In the Brooder

    Oct 22, 2015
    Central Missouri
    I just got 5, 3 day old chicks today 2 americaunas and 3 Rhode Island reds. One of the americaunas chicks is bullying everyone else. I just caught her pulling one of the legs of the other americauna. Why is she doing this? What can I do; I don't want anyone to get hurt?
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

    Mar 9, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC and congrats on your new additions.
    How are you brooding your chicks - amount of space, temperature, type of brooder, number of feed/water stations, etc? Behavior such as this is not all that unusual in chicks, and in milder forms is not all that concerning but it can become an issue if it escalates and there are several environmental factors that can cause that escalation to take place - among them overcrowding, overheating, a strong personality bird and only one feed/water station, etc. Increasing the amount of space available, adding distractions to the brooder, adding another feed/water station (to prevent the more aggressive bird from controlling all resources) and verifying that everyone is feeling as comfortable as possible (not to hot or cold) can help to alleviate the aggressive behavior a bit. That being said, chicken society is not always pleasant when viewed through emotional human eyes and often what seems horrible to someone unfamiliar with the ways of things can be normal interaction between birds forming a flock dynamic (yes, even at this young age). Until/unless serious injury is taking place my intervention amounts to the above.

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