fighting roosters

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ThreeGlovers, Mar 25, 2009.

  1. ThreeGlovers

    ThreeGlovers Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 15, 2008
    Beebe, Arkansas
    Not what you think LOL.

    My 7 day old Rhode Island Red "packing peanuts" from Ideal are starting to determine pecking order. It's so funny watching them hop around and bump chests. Only problem is I can't seem to catch them doing it when I have a camera handy. Oh well.

    Anyone else have this going on? At what age should I worry about this getting out of hand? I don't plan on keeping them. Just raise them till old enough to take to the local flea barn and sale them to someone else.

  2. L*A*G*

    L*A*G* Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 19, 2008
    planet chicken
    7 days ir really early! if u r sure that wasn't chick behavor, then seperate them when u see them getting painful.
  3. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Mine are 4 weeks. I think they started the chest bumping at around a week. Haven't had anything worse so far, no open pecked skin or anything.
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    It's not just the baby cockerels that do it, pullets do too. It's all a part of working out the pecking order.
    If they're not drawing blood, let them figure it out.
    It is awful cute to watch.
  5. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

    Sep 25, 2007
    Gritsar's wright; pullets do it also. I've even got pullets that continue to do so as adults, if I introduce a new one, or they'r REALLY angry - hackles up and everything!
  6. melissastraka

    melissastraka Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 26, 2009
    Hoquiam, WA
    That is really young for a pecking order but if there is no blood I would consider it more of playing then anything. Keep an eye on them though and if it becomes more then just play make sure you separate the culprit for some time out! [​IMG]
  7. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Quote:One book I have, Chickens: Tending a Small-Scale Flock for Pleasure and Profit, by Sue Weaver says "A flock of chicks generally has their pecking order up and running by the time they're five to seven weeks old."

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