Pecking Order or Parasites?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Wakkibanana, Mar 26, 2017.

  1. Wakkibanana

    Wakkibanana Just Hatched

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    Hey! I am a new time chicken owner, and we bought five chicks a few days ago. One of them is pecking at the other chick's beaks. I know that chickens establish dominance this way, but she seems to only be pecking their beaks/base of beak. Is there a chance that there are parasites there that she is eating? Or is it just establishing the order?
     
  2. chickens really

    chickens really Chicken Obsessed

    Pecking order starts to be set when the Chicks are around 3 to 5 weeks old...New Chicks peck at everything...It will stop once the Chick gets older....Adding logs and little perches cut back on boredom....Also dust bath area.....


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