Pullets that hatched together are fighting

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by brentmeist, Nov 24, 2015.

  1. brentmeist

    brentmeist New Egg

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    I have a bunch of chicks that all hatched together a couple of months ago. All of the sudden I have noticed them aggressively fighting one another with one in particular taking the brunt of it all and bleeding pretty badly. Is this normal? Is this them establishing their own pecking order. I'm a bit surprised since they are all the same breed (Buff Orphington) and hatched together. Also surprised how aggressive they are. Never noticed this before in my previous chickens.
     
  2. BantyChooks

    BantyChooks Too Many Chickens Premium Member

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    Are you sure they are pullets? Have they laid yet? If not, it's possible you have 2 roosters.
     
  3. Bridebeliever

    Bridebeliever Chillin' With My Peeps

    Maybe you could take a picture of them for us to have a look?
     
  4. BantyChooks

    BantyChooks Too Many Chickens Premium Member

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  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    If indeed that turns out to be the case, then its not so surprising. I had two cockerels that were 3.5 months old (brothers) that went at it hammer and tong one day which resulted in the death of one of them. A little surprising, but them's chickens for you!

    CT
     
  6. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

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    You have heard about a chicken phenomena called the pecking order (or in some circles better known as the pecking DIS-ORDER) have you not? Well all chickens to one degree or the other are afflicted with the pecking order disorder. It sounds like good old fashion poultry pugilism to me. The only tried and true cure for this is to wring the necks of all those who comedown with the pecking order disorder. Relax and enjoy your pullets.
     
  7. sniper338

    sniper338 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Or separating them fixs it quickly...
     
  8. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    How many birds and how much space do they have? How's your weather? Are they excessively confined due to bad weather?
     
  9. brentmeist

    brentmeist New Egg

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    9 hens 1 rooster and 9 young birds. I have been keeping them in the run due to weather and an rise in raccoon activity. As soon as the little ones get a little bigger I will let them free range again. Seems seemed a little better today.
     

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