Looking for info. on Chick behaviour and development

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Esmeralda, Feb 21, 2014.

  1. Esmeralda

    Esmeralda In the Brooder

    Oct 16, 2013
    I have not been able to find a good thread/article on chick behaviour and development from week to week. I have 7 mixed breed (copper black maran/amerucana) chicks that are almost two weeks. I am looking for info, about when to introduce roosts, and scratch/dust baths and when to watch for male vs. female behaviours. For example some of them are already chest bumping for status, are these more likely to be male or female?
    Thank you!

  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Both males and female will chest bump.
    Check out the Learning Center at the top of the pages and just read threads in the Raising chicks forum.
    or use the search function...the advanced search with titles only is the best way I've found to search for a certain subject.
    Good Luck have fun with your Olive Eggers!
  3. All chicks bump each other and do the little 2 secant jump fight
    and the pecking this is just part of chicken life and I have had
    several year old hens chase and fight young roo's as chickens
    are just like people ......

    Normally I let my chicks go to the growing cage at 4 weeks outside
    as we have high temp's here and that is where and when the
    dust bathing starts .........
  4. Ren2014

    Ren2014 Blessed Beyond Hope

    Jan 27, 2014
    We put roosts in with ours around 1 wk and they started using them right away. Dust baths just started and we are now 5 wks old.

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