four new chucks but 1 problem

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by legbar, Nov 12, 2011.

  1. legbar

    legbar New Egg

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    we bought 4 chickens today to go on there own in there own house and run.
    there are 2 black orpington pol's.
    1splash orpington pol.
    these 3 are large.
    the fourth we dont know what it is except we bought as a laying chicken it looks like a light coloured island red but it is quite a bit smaller than the other three but its kicking there buts.
    we only hads them a few hours but it keeps grabbing them and biting at them usually by the necks and they seem terrified of this one.
    any suggestions as to what i need to do please.
     
  2. christineavatar

    christineavatar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is common for chickens to establish a pecking order. If one is being particularly aggressive I would keep an eye on them and be sure that no one is being hurt (blood drawn) and it should settle down in the next couple of days.
     
  3. themenagerie

    themenagerie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are you sure the 4th one isn't a rooster?
     
  4. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:x2. Got any pics of them?
     
  5. legbar

    legbar New Egg

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    ok thanks everyone but i have a new problem...
    In our other house and run we have 3 laying hens and a call drake all of whome get on fine and always have.
    The problem is we have just bought the drake call duck a friend another drake call duck these two get on brill and the hens are not bothered by him being there but the new drake keeps getting mouthfulls of the hens and wont let go.

    they dont seem to be getting hurt as they dont fight back just stand there or sometimes try to get away and maybe peck at him till he lets go.
    they are trying to avoid him and when we put them all to bed he is not letting them get to their beds without biting.
    any help suggestions on how to stop this will be great please.
     
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    The problem is your drake call duck didn't need a drake as a friend. Trade it for a female.
     
  7. legbar

    legbar New Egg

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    cant do that as i live too close to neighbours and the girl ducks are too loud.
     

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