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Super aggressive chick

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Tooshay89, Apr 7, 2016.

  1. Tooshay89

    Tooshay89 Out Of The Brooder

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    So, I asked this question in another forum but I still haven't really resolved the issue so I figured I'd post it here too.

    I have (8) 3-4 week old chicks from a local feed store. (I say this because only one of the brooders was marked with a hatch date, the rest I'm just guessing are around the same age.) One of my smaller Welsummer chicks is SUPER aggressive to the other chicks. Within half a day's time, she managed to peck 4 out of the 7 other chicks to the point of bleeding sores in several places (shoulder/wing area, back feathers and one has a bleeding beak.)

    My chicks are all in their 4x4 coop with a 4x11 run until their larger coop arrives in 2 weeks. I have two feeders and two waterers, and they have plenty of space, roosting bars and boredom busters to keep them occupied. I was also advised to tap her on the back whenever she pecked another chick, which I tried, but by mid afternoon, the pecking was constant and the others were getting too beat up to safety leave her alone with the others. Nothing has deterred the offender, so I finally moved her into a brooder yesterday afternoon.

    As of this morning, there are no further injuries on the other chicks, they're getting along just fine. My aggressive chick is NOT happy being alone and I feel so bad, but I can't have her peck all of the others to death.

    Help! Any suggestions or info would be appreciated. I don't know what else to do and I've been researching with no real answers.
     
  2. Folly's place

    Folly's place Overrun With Chickens

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    Sometimes there's just a very bad actor in the group, and that's sad. You can try isolating her (or him?) for a week or so, and see if reintegrating her later (in the new coop?) will tone things down. Don't give the nasty chick the new coop first, give the other birds first dibs on it. This is not normal behavior! Mary
     
  3. Tooshay89

    Tooshay89 Out Of The Brooder

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    Poor chick. She really hates being alone, but I don't see the other chicks lasting long with her in there unsupervised. Plus, I don't need a pecking epidemic if I can help it. I've heard it can be a hard habit to break.

    I guess the offender will stay in timeout for a week... I'm crossing my fingers that it will do the trick.
     

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