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Is this normal chick behavior?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by yomama, Oct 28, 2010.

  1. I have 11 new babies that I just got on Tuesday, they were hatched on Mon. In the group are Speckled Sussex, Silkies, and possibly, a RIR, White Rock, BO,EE, Barred Rock and Australorp (some of the breeds were from "assorted" group) Anyway, this is only my second time brooding chicks. My first batch was in March, and I had 8 then, with one duckling. In that group were mostly EE and 2 Blue Andalusians. This newest group seems much more friendly, and curious, as babies. With my other group, if I were to tap my finger on the ground, or in the feed, like a mama hen would, one or two would come running up to check it out. I always thought this was so cute. So I tried it with this new group. OMG! They act like a piranha going in for the kill! All but one or two attack my finger if I run it along their food tray! I mean crazy like! Not just, oh what is that?, more like "FINGER, MUST KILL FINGER!!!!!" And watch out if I actually peck and kick some of the food around in the tray! Is this normal? It seems to be a few of the Silkies and the Speckled Sussex that do it the most, but the little black ones (not sure what they are yet, possibly Australorp or JG), and the little yellow ones, (not sure what they are yet either, maybe BO, or WR), do it too. The only ones that don't seem as interested are a few of the other Silkies and the RIR. I have ground their food up, since I knew the Silkies would be small, and I have seen all eat at one time or another, so I don't think it is that they are starving. One of the SS that does it, even flares her wings sometimes when she goes after my finger. FYI, they also go after the food on the ground too, they are just going after my finger. [​IMG] Any ideas?
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  2. nanawendy

    nanawendy Songster

    Dec 28, 2009
    Bellingham Wa
    Oh how cute. Now fluff up those feathers and keep them warm... [​IMG] My SS were always timid. BUT they stuck together like glue. They even got lost together... and then were at my back door in the morning. Keep up the good work and enjoy!!! [​IMG] [​IMG]
  3. Ariel301

    Ariel301 Songster

    Nov 14, 2009
    Kingman Arizona
    My current Cornish Cross chicks do that. It started with attacking my fingers, and now they mob me from head to toes any time they see me. "It's the FOOD LADY!!!" They're like flying pirhanas![​IMG]

    I'd say it's normal. Some are more aggressive eaters than others.
  4. HeritageHens

    HeritageHens Chirping

    Aug 9, 2010
    Quote:Little do they know that the joke is on them. [​IMG]

    I made the mistake of walking into my chicken coop yesterday eating a juicy red apple. I'm lucky to have emerged alive and they had never had an apple before!
    Last edited: Oct 28, 2010
  5. BooBear

    BooBear Chicken Cuddler

    Oct 7, 2010
    Conroe, Texas
    [​IMG]:lau that is too funny. yeah mine come running when a cluck at them then say chic chic chic in a sweet baby voice. Some of em even try to eat my freckles. [​IMG]
  6. Good to know that it is all crazy food antics. I just thought it was weird that one of the SS even flared her feathers when going after my finger. Geesh, guess I'll have to be even more careful as they get older! I may come away from the feeder with battle wounds! [​IMG]

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