Chick harming Mother

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by chickensnstuff, Apr 23, 2017.

  1. chickensnstuff

    chickensnstuff Just Hatched

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    So far only one of the chicks has hatched and It is harming the mother! I finally saw it come out and when it came out from under her it started pecking her feathers and then her comb. Finally it pecked her eye! It kept doing this over and over. Could it be a rooster showing dominance or just being aggressive already or is it just a rude chick?
     
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to BYC - thanks for joining us. What you are seeing is perfectly normal. Chickens investigate things by pecking, and particularly anything reflective, such as an eye is simply too good to ignore [​IMG]. Momma will tolerate it, but not for too long.

    You'll find lots of info in the Learning Centre - https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center and if you have a specific topic in mind, just type it in the search box - there's a wealth of information on past and present threads.

    You may wish to consider joining your state thread as it will put you in touch with other BYC members in your area - https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/270925/find-your-states-thread#post_3239224


    All the best
    CT
     
  3. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under chickensnstuff [​IMG] Welcome!

    100% agree with Ken and my little ones love to pick on mom but when she has had enough she lets them know [​IMG]

    I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun.

    If you would like to share pictures and stories of your flock, you have come to the right place. BYC’ers never tire of these and do not back away slowly or commence eye rolling when the photo album or home videos come out [​IMG]
     
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Chicks/chickens don't have hands so they test everything by pecking it. Once mama has had enough, he will learn to respect her. Once the others hatch, there will be siblings to peck and boss around.
     

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