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Chick Killing Chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Grillmaster33, Jun 21, 2011.

  1. Grillmaster33

    Grillmaster33 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've never lost a chick before, but this week I have had two mysterious deaths. My chicks are secure and have fresh food and water. Of the nine chicks, I believe that four of them were males. Two of the four have died.

    When I went for my therapeutic chick watching I observed my silver sebright chick pestering my golden sebright chick to no end...the two of them I believe to be males.

    Could my chick be guilty of stressing/bullying my other two chicks to death? They are about four, maybe five weeks of age.
     
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  2. Shannon33

    Shannon33 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hmm I have never heard of that happening before with chicks all the same age. I guess anything is possible but if there are no signs of trauma on the bodies personally I would be looking for another cause. I've had batches of chicks with bullies and pests in them but never to the point of one killing or even hurting another.
     
  3. Maximus

    Maximus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Yeh Mabye snakes that has hapend to me before.
     
  4. Grillmaster33

    Grillmaster33 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, and definitely not snakes. At this point they are in a secured brooder inside my home. It's been really odd...
     
  5. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Could have been something internally wrong with them. Chickens evidently can pick up on this when we can't, and they will eliminate the weak member of the flock, which protects the rest. Just a guess.

    I've never had one chick kill another, either.
     
  6. BrattishTaz

    BrattishTaz Roo Magnet

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    chickensinwasillaAK Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've got 7 week old and two have been killed off my coop mates. I watched them after the 2nd death and could pick out one RIR and two Buff Rocks that were the bullies. They would literally peck the bird to death. They're now in a time out pen, birds that were pecked by alive treated with blue kote. No more problems, they go out to the farm this weekend to graze in the fields.
     

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