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Chick Picking on another Chick Mercilessly

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Redhead Rae, Nov 14, 2017.

  1. Redhead Rae

    Redhead Rae Chickens, chickens everywhere! Premium Member

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    I have 10 Black Cochin/Dominique or Dom cross chicks that are 7.5 weeks old and hatched and raised by a Mama hen. One of the cockerels (I think his mother was a Dom/RIR (she is known for being a bully) because he has redish feathers on his chest) was mercilessly beating up on one of his brothers. I put him (the aggressor) in time out for the rest of the afternoon by dropping a milk crate over him. He just wouldn't stop, even with me standing over them. I have no idea what to do about this. I would slaughter him, but he is still too small to eat (not even 8 weeks old). They range within the 5,000 sq ft poultry paddock I have my laying flock in, so crowding isn't the issue.

    The one getting picked on is such a meek little guy and really sweet. He calmed down nicely and let me handle him when he realized I was trying to help him The pictures are after I cleaned him up.
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    You can just see how cocky this little monster (the aggressor) is in this picture.
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  2. ChickenGirl555

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    I would put the bully on a even bigger time out, like a day or multiple days, and if it gets too bad, separate him all together until he’s old enough to slaughter
     
  3. Redhead Rae

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    Thanks, I think if he becomes too odious, I may slaughter him earlier than I would like to. I don't really have the means to separate him and keep him predator safe at night in solitary.
     
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    Yeah, luckily we only have 1 cockerel and will give him away this spring/summer, because we don’t want all of that confusion. If I were you I’d get rid of the bully. Our pullets live peacefully, but I would give away a bully if the time outs didn’t work.
     
  5. Redhead Rae

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    6 of my 10 chicks are cockerels. I have two main roosters (buff and Black Cochin) they get along pretty well with 34 ladies between them, two leghorn crossbreed roosters I need to harvest, two Delaware roosters and two New Hampshire roosters (I'm just trying to decide which of the DE and NH roosters I want to keep). I have the Delaware, New Hampshire and Leghorn crosses in a "bachelor pad" for the ladies sake. They are all 5-7 months old so I can't put the 7.5 week old problem baby in with them because he would get killed.
     
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    I would advise to just put the offending chick down no matter his size. It will eventually learn that this one is nothing more than a living mre. After he kills this one he will move on to the next one in the low end of the pecking order.
     
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  7. Redhead Rae

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    I'm seriously considering it. I'll keep an eye on them tomorrow. I'm wondering what I should do with the carcass. I guess I can pluck, and eviscerate him, but it almost seems like too much work for so little meat. It might be worth it just to see how they look at 8 weeks. I wouldn't be able to do the deed until Saturday if he is still a monster tomorrow. I might just put him in a temporary cage inside the rooster coop to keep him away from the older roosters and keep him from freezing in the night until I can get around to slaughtering.
     
  8. chickens really

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    Glad your not swemish...I would Cull him today..I have zero time for aggressive behaviour...He won't stop..
     
  9. Redhead Rae

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    Honestly, I was tempted to wring his neck right then and there. If it were warmer and I could make use of our maggot bucket, I probably would have.
     
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    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma Premium Member

    Yep, some say to separate...I say Cull...
     

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