Strange chick behavior


11 Years
Jul 20, 2008
I have a flock on 1 year old chickens, I also have 15 18 day old chicks in a brooder. The flock free ranges and today, for the first time, I let the chicks out too. Most of the chicks huddled away from the older birds. But one barred rock pullet (suppose to be), did the strangest thing.

This chick stayed away from the huddle and approached the head rooster. Then it leapt on top of the rooster's back and off again. I was astounded. That seems awfully dominant. It later did the same trick with the dominant hen.

Anyone ever see a chick attack full grown chickens before? The chickens took it well and did not retaliate, yet.

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