Chicken fights

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by seafood, Apr 4, 2008.

  1. seafood

    seafood Songster

    Feb 12, 2008
    I was just down in the basement hanging out with the almost 3 week old chicks. (by the way we introduced meal worms was a big hit)...anyway...2 of the Buff Orps were constantly at each other.

    They would sort of square up to one another...then have a stare down, and then each would jump at each other, flaring their wings, pecking and trying to jump on the other...then they would stop...lift their heads as high as possible and repeat. This happened like 4 or 5 times in the span of a few minutes.

    Is this usual behaviour for hens...or am I looking at one or maybe even two roosters?

    thanks for your thoughts.
  2. WriterofWords

    WriterofWords Has Fainting Chickens

    Dec 25, 2007
    Chaparral, New Mexico
    I have a couple who do that, one is a hen that is twice as big as the other who is a roo. They are the same age, just different breeds, she is really aggressive!
  3. Texas Fluffy Feet

    Texas Fluffy Feet Songster

    Feb 20, 2008
    Arlington, TX
    Mine are all supposed to be girls and they are now 16 days old. Over the past couple of days I have really started noticing them doing this too. I assume this is where the term "pecking order" comes from. I think it is pretty normal as long as they aren't pulling feathers and drawing blood.

    * edited to add I really have noticed this behavior more when there is a "treat" involved.
    Last edited: Apr 4, 2008
  4. Portia

    Portia Songster

    Feb 29, 2008
    South Central PA
    [​IMG] Mine have never been quite that aggressive, but there has been occasional pecking. Do they have enough room to run around? I added more room and perches to allow them some personal space. Of course they always chase eachother about when treats are involved. They also run at each other and chest-bump, very funny. In fact I think I might have a video of this....
    Ya, here it is. Give it a moment and you'll see 2 of my BR run up and bump chests [​IMG]
    <hopefully that works>
  5. Texas Fluffy Feet

    Texas Fluffy Feet Songster

    Feb 20, 2008
    Arlington, TX
    [​IMG] Portia that chest bump thing is too funny! It was like a chicken high 5 or something.
  6. Dodgegal79

    Dodgegal79 Songster

    Dec 1, 2007
    Princeton BC Canada
    Mine do it, they are playing.
  7. airmom1c05

    airmom1c05 Songster

    Feb 3, 2008
    Raymond, Mississippi
    That's funny! The more, the merrier is really true with chickens. Mine have started doing this half run-half fly thing when they free range. Sometimes I wonder if they're spooked! I laugh out loud so much more than I did before I had chickens. Since no one is home with me to enjoy them, I'm glad you folks are here who understand. [​IMG] Aren't they just the funniest when they waddle-run?
    Last edited: Apr 4, 2008
  8. Red

    Red Songster

    Mar 17, 2007
    All my chicks playfight with each other, but we only think we have one boy...sometimes they have air fights, and fly around their brooder banging into each other [​IMG]

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