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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by TheTwoRoos, Jan 14, 2017.

  1. TheTwoRoos

    TheTwoRoos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have four cochin chicks. All somewhere around 3 months.

    One is smaller then the other 3 and it seem healthy. I noticed tons of little black feathers around the floor, and in their cage so I just assumed she was molting, but then I noticed her perching and all of a sudden, the little cockerel jumps up and starts pulling feathers from her chest.

    I haven't had to ever deal with bully chicks so im clueless on whether I should or shouldn't separate her.
     
  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    I would separate the feather picker, asap!

    Then look at why you have an aggressor....How big is cage, what feed, etc etc, you know this stuff.
    Might be he is not worthy of life.
     
  3. Pork Pie Ken

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  4. TheTwoRoos

    TheTwoRoos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I looked at space.Honestly I do not think its enough,it's just a dog krate,food shouldn't be a problem.I'll look at separating for a few days then maybe,integrating again,see if status changes.

    Should I put him with another pullet,one that he does not bully?
     
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    No, I think you should provide adequate space for this quad, as that is the crux of the problem.
    But where you keep your birds may depend on your goals.....I assumed that this was a breeding quad, but maybe not.
     
  6. TheTwoRoos

    TheTwoRoos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No,I figured why not give cochins a try so I took four,and so far i'm enjoying them.

    I have another cage,maybe I should split them up,and when I get reazdy to put them with our older chickens jus quad them up again?
     
  7. TheTwoRoos

    TheTwoRoos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i will not be putting them with the older ones till probably beginning of feb.
     
  8. TheTwoRoos

    TheTwoRoos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Defiantly keeping the cockerel away from the little black chick,he just started crowing and is acting pretty cocky.Pretty for sure that may have also given him confidence.
     

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