Flogged by 5 wk old chick???

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ccshambhala, Jul 3, 2011.

  1. ccshambhala

    ccshambhala Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So I have 6 5 week old chicks (and a 7 wk old spitzhauben) in a brooder in our workshop. Last week we started moving them into the chicken tractor during the day and then putting them back into the brooder at night. Yesterday I thought one of the creme brabanters went after me when I put my arm in the brooder to get the chicks to move them outside - but I wasn't sure as they get kind of hoppy .... Today there is NO doubt. Definitely flogged me - even left a scratch up by arm. The creme brabanters are SUPPOSED to be pullets (and I've seen no reddening of their crests/wattles - altho I'd be happy to have people look at em again because I got VERY few gender guesses when I posted pics for that) - even if it's a cockerel I have NEVER had a 5 week old be aggressive!! Is this a personality problem?

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  2. N&MSchroeder

    N&MSchroeder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yikes! [​IMG] Hens can be aggressive too, but this seems pretty extreme! I don't know much about this breed, so maybe you can find a thread here on BYC that discusses Brabanters. I do know with my 13 week old bantam roosters, if they are acting a little too aggressive toward another chick, I will pick them up and cuddle them. I gently pet them and talk to them. Usually, they squawk something fierce, but I have 1 or 2 who seem to like it. After I hold them for a few minutes and then let them go, all seem to change their behavior. You might give it a try. [​IMG]
     
  3. ccshambhala

    ccshambhala Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thank you N&MSchroeder [​IMG] I double posted [​IMG] I posted this once in the breed thread and once here. Apparently (as I expected/hoped) this is not breed related. After it flogged me I held it for awhile until it was calm - it is just so crazy to me because it IS so young and I have never had this happen/wouldn't expect it. We do plan on giving this one "extra attention" to hopefully retrain it to be nice [​IMG]
     
  4. axion_lotus

    axion_lotus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like you've got yourself a troublemaker. I try working with my mean girls early before they get any meaner! My mean girls got a lot of extra one-on-one time with Mama when they were still tiny, and now they're thirteen weeks old and sweet as apple pie. [​IMG]
     

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