Flying/jumping at each other?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Jencleg, May 27, 2011.

  1. Jencleg

    Jencleg Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 5, 2011
    Every day I let my chicks out of the brooder into their run for a little while and they go CrAzY! They get along fine in the brooder, snuggling & loving on each other but as soon as they get some space they start running around chasing everbody and jumping thru the air at each other. What are they doing? It's kinda fun to watch but then I get a little uncomfortable like I should stop them! Is is just horseplay or determining the pecking order?
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  2. ninabeast

    ninabeast Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2011
    Upstate New York
    They're somewhere between 3 weeks and 6 weeks, right? Yup, they're establishing the pecking order. Mine do chest bumps, staring contest, and flying on top of each other's heads. Totally normal. Do you have a head hen yet?
  3. Anianna

    Anianna Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 28, 2010
    N/E of Richmond, VA
    Entirely normal. [​IMG]
  4. Jencleg

    Jencleg Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 5, 2011
    Quote:LOL! I dont know! They are silkies & I can only tell that my two reds are roos but the other 4 are still questionable! I have 1 white that tries to be big and act crazy too, but it is so much smaller than the rest that it just looks silly [​IMG] I really hope to be able to tell what I have soon...I have asked a few times about colors/gender traits but no such luck on getting answers [​IMG]
  5. lizage

    lizage Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 13, 2011
    Mine do this too (in the brooder still, almost 5wks old). The best part is that the bantams jump on the bigger guys and try to roost there. [​IMG]
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  6. stcroixusvi

    stcroixusvi Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 5, 2011
    Western NC
    My Coop
    Mine do this at 2 weeks - they have neck-stretching contests to see which one is taller.
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  7. nfrost

    nfrost Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 1, 2011
    mine are all between 7-5 weeks old and they still do this we have 10 light brahma 4 Buff orps, 4 gold stars, 6 white leghorn there oldest by about a week, 2 SLW. the White leghorn seem to be the Queen now but will that stay like that with all the others being bigger at full grown???
  8. Countrypunk92

    Countrypunk92 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 26, 2009
    Portland, tennessee
    Quote:TOTALLY NORMAL, Mine are 7-weeks. Betty, My RIR and Oddessy, my white leghorn are the top ones, But my Pekin ducks rule the roost. since after all, they are alot larger.
  9. sharayray

    sharayray New Egg

    Aug 23, 2012
    my hens are 5 months old and are jumping eachother!

    any ideas???
    alooot of ppl are saying

    [​IMG] thanks!
  10. Chukarbuds

    Chukarbuds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2012
    My chicks are 6 weeks. Doing the same thing. Its nice to know there are other chicken people here that we can share our stories while our chicks are the same age. Im not able to feed meal worms out of my hand any more. Chicks pull my skin up on my hand! LOL Other treats? No problem. Out of my three, the Barred Rock is starting to challenge my hand. She started pecking me so I pinch her back. Yesterday I pinched her back every time (total of 3 pecks) and today she's been a good girl. :) well see again later.. just to show her who's boss. Its awesome how they fly up to sit on me. One on each shoulder and 1 on my head. I was so scared she was gonna crap! [​IMG]

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