What the ???

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by emmak, Mar 10, 2011.

  1. emmak

    emmak Songster

    Apr 29, 2010
    North Central Texas
    Yesterday we bought a two week old chick (EE or Wellsummer, not yet sure). Today we just brought home two 1 day old chicks. They were getting along fine. When we checked on them this evening, one of the younger chicks (EE) was pecking at the eyes of the two week old! It's all red around her eyes! Oddly enough, this chick is very similar in coloring (and may be the same breed) as the one it went after!! It hasn't bothered (yet at least) the smaller newbie (barred rock) who is a completely different color. I've removed the injured two week old to a separate habitat. I hate to do this because she was so lonely last night before we got the new ones, but I fear for her safety. Why would a new chick attack an older, slightly larger chick? Why would the larger chick put up with it?
  2. Iheartchicks<3:)

    Iheartchicks<3:) Songster

    Aug 1, 2010
    Mount Vernon, WA
    i dont know.. but bump!
  3. farmer_lew

    farmer_lew Hi-Tech Redneck

    Jun 29, 2010
    In the hills
    Check the older chick for mites, or something similar. Could be the other one was going after them. Just a thought.
  4. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair &amp; Feathers

    It is fairly normal for most chicks to peck at each others' eyes, because they are shiny and attract their attention. NORMALLY they don't cause damage, though. That behavior usually stops after a day or two.

    I'd put her back with the other chicks in a day. It will probably still happen, but she might be past the early stages of the behavior and everybody will be okay.
  5. HHandbasket

    HHandbasket The Chickeneer

    And that whole thing about pecking each other in the eyes... I just want to say that I'm really, really glad God got that out of the way with chickens.

    I agree with others, tho. Check for mites, but sometimes they just do that to establish that ever-popular pecking order. It's hard to allow it, though, when one of your chicks is getting hurt. I hope they get over it and all do okay!
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2011
  6. dianaross77

    dianaross77 Songster

    Oct 10, 2010
    Grand Blanc, MI
    Have you tried making a divider for the brooder so they can see eachother but can't peck?
  7. emmak

    emmak Songster

    Apr 29, 2010
    North Central Texas
    Update - the victim (Cristina) is in a separate cage right beside the two other chicks so they can see each other. Her eyes improved today, but aren't completely well, like she was originally. I hope she will get back to normal. Thanks for all your support and advice. BTW I think I'm spoiling her, 'cause I took her out and held her for a while. She finally relaxed and fell asleep in my hands and I held her for about a half hour, but when I put her back she threw a fit and cheeped really loud. She did settle down after a while.

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