chicks sassy to new chick

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by gjoyner, Jun 14, 2009.

  1. gjoyner

    gjoyner Songster

    Hi, I have had two pulletts that I have raised together and they are about 5 weeks old. I just introduced a new pullett who is about 6 or 7 weeks old. the two chicks are warey and one is sort of sassy to the new one. Is ths normal? If so, how long will this last?
     
  2. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    They are establishing their pecking order. At their age the pecking order thing can go on for awhile. Mine would fluff up and run at each other and do what I call the belly or chest bump.
     
  3. gjoyner

    gjoyner Songster

    YES! that is exactly what the one is doing! and pecking at her too. The weird thing is...shes like two weeks younger and is pushing the bigger one around. I cant figure out why the big one doesnt "stick up" for her self.
     
  4. gjoyner

    gjoyner Songster

    There are three all together and I just dont want to big one to miss out on huddling together to stay warm and all that. Its just sort of off in the corner
     
  5. tatumama

    tatumama Hatching

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    I just introduced my young silkie pullet Heidi to the older girls who are Mille Fleur sisters but still pullets. I put her out in the tractor with them and watched as they puffed up and put their wings straight down. Then they attacked her! Spots, the biggest went after her over and over until she hid under a piece of wood in the corner with just her puffy little booty sticking out. I immediately took the Mille Fleurs out and let Heidi have the tractor to herself but I think we are both traumatized.
    Heidi is really more of a house chicken, she is held all the time and this is her first experience outside. I know pecking order is important but now I'm afraid they're going to kill her.
    This is my first experience with integration anyone have any suggestions aside from my desire to just keep her inside all the time?
     
    Last edited: Jun 15, 2009

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