Will my chicks hurt each other?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by MerazT, May 26, 2019.

  1. MerazT

    MerazT Chirping

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    I currently have 19 chicks that I hatched (EE, WYANDOTTE'S, BARRED ROCK) , the ultimate goal is to have 9 in which will be re homed. They are 5 and 6 weeks old. I've recently moved them all to their new coop I built. Raising chicks is new for me. I have a few cockerels at this time that appear to be fighting? They flare their neck feathers, jump and peck each other! Is this normal behavior? It kinda scares me , and makes me want to separate them.. will they hurt each other? What should I, or shouldn't be doing? Please advise.:oops:
     
  2. Chelsa'sChicks

    Chelsa'sChicks Songster

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    Baby cockerels will be fine if they fight. It is best if they get it out of their system now when they are young and don't have spurs. I have raised chicks like this and have never had any issues. They are only trying to figure out the pecking order among themselves :) I would not separate them unless you find they are bleeding. Otherwise this is normal behavior.
     
  3. Folly's place

    Folly's place Free Ranging

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    If they have space and good food, and no actual injuries, it's all fine. Pullets will also spar, and it's all normal. Pecking order being decided as you watch!
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  4. MerazT

    MerazT Chirping

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    Thank you so much this is all so new to me & my chickie mama instincts came in. They are growing so fast & although it's fun to watch them grow this is a new phase, lol!
     
  5. MerazT

    MerazT Chirping

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    Good information, they have alot more room from transitioning from brooder to coop, this puts me at ease! Thank you!
     
  6. SimplyLivinthatFarmLife

    SimplyLivinthatFarmLife Crowing

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    @Chelsa'sChicks ..I too was like you when I initially started with chicks. What they said. It's all about the pecking order. They will be fine. I had two that way and it was better when they were younger, they grew up to be friends.
     
  7. Chelsa'sChicks

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    @SimplyLivinthatFarmLife I agree. I actually enjoyed the laughs watching my boys "fight" when they were small.. very comical :lau
     

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