constant pecking?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by northerncaliforniachick, May 1, 2009.

  1. northerncaliforniachick

    northerncaliforniachick Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi everyone,
    I'm new to all this chick raising- my babies came home on Wednesday (and were 1 day old when I got them). I have 1 (Ameraucana) who is bigger than the others and showing some early 'maleness'. What really worries me is "his" constant pecking. This chick will not let the others (1 black Australorp and 1 Rhode Island Red) rest for a minute! "He" doesnt seem to be hurting them- they don't fight back or try to get away from "him"- but they can't eat or even sleep in peace. As soon as they fall asleep, they are woken up by the pecking.
    Is this normal 'pecking order' behavior or should I stop it (by getting rid of the pecker- I can't have a rooster so it's either get rid of it now or wait and see if it really is a rooster and get rid of it later). If it is a female who is just more aggressive, do I want to get rid of her anyway to have a more peaceful flock, or is this bothering me more than it is bothering them?
    Thanks for any feedback- like I say, I am very new at this!
     
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Hi and welcome to BYC!
    Two things I can suggest for constant pecking. First, if you are using a white heat lamp bulb, switch to a red one. This often cures the over pecking.
    Two, you can try putting the offender in chickie jail. Remove them for awhile, a day or two, and then put them back. This seems to work with some chicks.
    Good luck to you.
     
  3. northerncaliforniachick

    northerncaliforniachick Out Of The Brooder

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    thank you so much for the reply. I do use a red bulb and I am trying 'chickie jail', or as my son said "time out" for the offender. I hope it works- this one has been so different from the other chicks- I hate that she/he is disturbing their peace!
     
  4. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    [​IMG] I agree with gritsar. Try a red light and if that doesn't work separate the little bugger for awhile.
     
  5. northerncaliforniachick

    northerncaliforniachick Out Of The Brooder

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    thanks- I'm doing both right now and have a potential foster parent lined up [​IMG]
    I just dont want to traumatize my other 2 sweet chickies [​IMG] Plus I end up holding the troublesome chick the most because if its 'high needs'- so that the others are not getting as much attention even though I like them most!
    thanks for the advice- I hope something works!
    Right now they all seem a bit sad about the time out corner- even the 2 who have been getting picked on!
     

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