My new baby's are agressive... HELP!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Happy Chicken Mama, Apr 23, 2007.

  1. Happy Chicken Mama

    Happy Chicken Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    To my surprise when my 12 baby chicks showed up they were not 12 but 18! The Hatchery added 6 extra boys for warmth. These boys are definitely more "boisterous" that the others. They are constantly pecking and puffing up at each other and the smaller babies. They do not like to be held like the others.

    My concern is that the others seem to be patterning after these guys and getting more aggressive by the day (well... they are only 6 days old).

    I am committed to our chickens being sweet and family friendly. We will not be able to keep Roosters once they start cocka-doodle-doodling... should I separate them sooner rather than later??? Will not having the boys keep my girls sweet??? Even my 2 little bantam girls are puffing and pecking right back to these boys. Not very ladylike behavior. But maybe this is normal.

    Any advice would be helpful. Thanks!
     
  2. Mama Bird

    Mama Bird Out Of The Brooder

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    I would separate them, the girls will take the habbits of the boys. I would get rid of the roosters as soon as possible, and only keep one, ( if you really want one) because when they get older they will try to kill eachother, especially if there aggressive now. Hold the one rooster after you get rid of all the others, and he will hopefully become tame. hope this helps keep me updated.
    ~ mama bird~
     
  3. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would go back to your original group and rehome your roos. Your original group should include all the birds you wanted including if you ordered a roo. You certainly don't want them to take on the aggressive behaviour because they feel they need to defend themselves from the added roos.
     
  4. AccidentalFarm

    AccidentalFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Separating the roo's is fine to do, but even with no roo's in the bunch, the pullets will battle it out for their own pecking order. It's likely that you'll have a 'bossy' hen or two in the bunch either way.
     
  5. Happy Chicken Mama

    Happy Chicken Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH! Since I'm a new chicken mama... I am fretting a lot.

    I have been trying to find a good home for my six baby roosters. Does anyone have any suggestions? Or does anyone in Central Florida want them? We live in Gainesville.

    They really are sweet (one most of all) and very curious. They love using my husband as a jungle gym. They climb up on him and fly off like a diving board. They even stand in line to do it again! He really should put a Disney world entrance sign on his forehead!

    Thank you again! You have put my mind at ease. I’m not crazy to think that the boys are causing all the ruckus... typical!

    Eshanne (New Chicken Mama)... (And very happy)[​IMG]
     
  6. Happy Chicken Mama

    Happy Chicken Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ill try to post pictures of them. I haven t figured how to make the resulition small enough to post.

    Maybe someone will know whay kind they are. I called the Hatchery but they said they do not keep track of what kind of males they add for warmth.
     

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