fighting chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by beckysaur, Nov 11, 2008.

  1. beckysaur

    beckysaur Out Of The Brooder

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    My 4-week-old buff orpingtons have started "fighting" occassionally. Are they just playing? Working out their hierarchy? Does this mean they're roosters?
    Thanks!
     
  2. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Are they chest bumping like drunken men at a super bowl party?
     
  3. KellyHM

    KellyHM Overrun With Chickens

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    Just working out the pecking order.
     
  4. beckysaur

    beckysaur Out Of The Brooder

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    <Are they chest bumping like drunken men at a super bowl party?

    lol.
    hmmm... sort of?
     
  5. P@P@2four

    [email protected]@2four Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!![​IMG] Yes this is normal...I used to think it was a sign they were a roo, but then found my girls can be just as fiesty! [​IMG] They'll work it out. What color brooder lamp are you using? I used to use a regular clear light bulb, but found the chicks are more skiddish and fought more with that...once I used a red brooder, they seemd more calm and less aggressive. [​IMG]
     
  6. beckysaur

    beckysaur Out Of The Brooder

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    I do use a red bulb. Mostly they're pretty calm.
     
  7. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Quote:It is completely normal. Funnier than heck to watch too. They are just sorting things out between them.
     
  8. FisherMOM

    FisherMOM Chillin' With My Peeps

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    so a red bulb.. hmm... is a red bulb a special bulb or just a red party bulb. lol... I should put a black light on mine at night, my chicks are whitish in color. hahaha!
     

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