Chicks fighting


In the Brooder
9 Years
Feb 27, 2010
Las Vegas, NV
I have three Rhode Island Red and Maran cross chicks. They're about three weeks old now and they're jumping around fighting each other. From what I've read on previous posts is that it's normal, because they're trying to establish a "pecking order" (correct me if I'm wrong), and that I shouldn't worry unless damage is done. So now my question is at what age will they stop fighting, and also do female chicks fight with male chicks or do females only fight with females and vice-versa?
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Princess Lay-a

9 Years
May 17, 2010
Great Falls
I'm a newbie myself, but the behavior I have seen with mine (2-3weeks old) is the obvious roos are really getting after each other. No blood, but a lot of squabbling
and posturing. Ninja kicks
and chases.
The females tend to not be in the mix. My oldest is 8 weeks or so, he's a Polish. He will step in when the younger ones are acting up.
He's a good "king" and keeps the lesser knaves in line.


Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers
10 Years
Sep 22, 2009
My slice of heaven in Somerset, CA
They ALL chest-bump and peck and shove and peep at each other at this stage. Once they get the pecking order established, it will be a whole lot less.

As they reach sexual maturity, ONE boy will rise to the top, above all the girls and boys. The rest of the boys will be at various levels, only ONE rooster gets to be the top of the pecking order if they all live together. Some hens will have higher status than the low-status boys.


11 Years
Dec 10, 2008
Vancouver, Wa.
Make sure that your brooder is large enough. If they are squeezed in too tight they may have a tendency to fight. Also, what color of a heat lamp are you using? A red light is more calming to them than a white light.

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