the peck order has begun! need some advise.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by L*A*G*, Mar 15, 2009.

  1. L*A*G*

    L*A*G* Songster

    Nov 19, 2008
    planet chicken
    my silkies turned 6 weeks old today and what to u know... they r peck in a mean way at eachother sometimes.
    this book that my dad bought me (WOW [​IMG] [​IMG] ) says they do this at 6 weeks of age and to separate the cocks from the pullets.
    i have silkie and how do u tell them apart? cocks or pullets? [​IMG]
  2. jhm47

    jhm47 Songster

    Sep 7, 2008
    I see little reason to separate them at 6 weeks of age. If they have plenty of room to exercise and run around, they will be fine. I suspect that they are "play fighting" at this stage, and will not hurt one another. After the roosters begin to crow, you may (note: MAY) have problems with them doing damage to each other.

    I've never owned a silky, but from what I can gather from others here, they seem to be quite laid back, compared to many other breeds.

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