Young silkies fighting

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by emzee, Dec 21, 2009.

  1. emzee

    emzee Songster

    Aug 18, 2009
    My silkies are 10 weeks old and two of the roosters (brothers) just started fighting. They both have blood all over their combs and I'm getting kind of worried. I don't think they'll hurt each other very seriously, since they grew up together. Should I seperate them? Or is it nothing to worry about?

  2. Farmer Benjii

    Farmer Benjii Songster

    Nov 2, 2009
    Vic, AUS
    They are most likely doing it to show that they are the top rooster, like the pecking order although they are only showing dominance, although i do not know if you shouls remove them from each other... [​IMG]
  3. emzee

    emzee Songster

    Aug 18, 2009
    Does anyone else have an opinion on what I should do?
  4. AngieChick

    AngieChick Poultry Elitist

    If they are drawing blood, you probably need to separate them. It's just not safe. Roosters can do serious damage to each other (sometimes fatal), even ones that grew up together. It sounds like their testosterone is kicking in.
  5. BBK

    BBK Songster

    Apr 14, 2009
    upstate NY
    I had that problem, but they were a little older... i had to seperate them. Now, the one Silkes is in with the big girls...EEs and RIRs and the other one is in with the 2 silkie pullets...both boys are still cockerials. only 8 months old.

    The one drew blood on the other one and i didn't think he was going to make, had to bring him in, put him in a dog crate. Gave him extra attention, when he got better, I took the other one out and put him in the dog crate, then put the crate in w/the big girl's run for about a week, then I let him loose.
    There was fighting (peaking order) lasted about 4 days. Now he rules HIS girls....
    hope your situation works out, it's tough love...

    Melinda [​IMG]

  6. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    My Silkie boys sparred a bit ... but they now get along fine. There was never bloodshed, however. My Silkie pen has 4 roos and 8 hens. They all get along well.

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