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Pecking Pekin Bantam - Help!
Mon 19-Sep-11
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jaynemanfredi
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I'm new to this so please forgive my ignorance! Have bought our first birds two days ago, two female lavender pekin bantams, ten weeks old.  One of them in particular seems quite aggressive. She has pecked me and has flown at the window of the coop, terrifying my seven year old daughter when she looked in.  Is this normal behaviour? Should I be worried or am I being daft?! Also, both birds have bloody spots on their heads just above their beaks, one far worse than the other.  They looked like this when I returned home today.  I can't see how they could have done it.  Was really excited about keeping them but feel a little discouraged now.  We chose pekins because they are supposed to be friendly birds, which is important for us as we have three kids, aged seven, three and one.  Any help and advice would be REALLY appreciated.  Thanks x

Mon 19-Sep-11
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Hattie will probably come along and be able to help, but at 10 weeks old they are still quite young to be sexed, are you sure they are both female?

Oh and Hi Jayne, and welcome

Mon 19-Sep-11
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Thanks for that.  I was told they were female, though obviously am now wondering the same thing...

How do I tell? Their combs aren't huge

Mon 19-Sep-11
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Again I think someone else might be more helpful than me, I don't know this breed, Ive just googled them and in the mature bird there is obviously a difference, but 10 weeks is pretty young. They are gorgeous though...

Mon 19-Sep-11
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Very lovely, but I'm hoping in temperament too! Thanks again for replying x

Mon 19-Sep-11
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wave Welcome Jayne.   I can't really help with this either as I do not know the breed.  I have  some young hens too and I'm not sure if at ten weeks you can distinguish between the sexes, unless of course you know how to sex them, which the breeder may have been able to do!  I do hope they settle down soon and you and your children enjoy them.  

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Mon 19-Sep-11
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Thanks for the post. I'm hoping they settle down too and it's just nerves!

Tue 20-Sep-11
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Welcome Jayne,

Sorry to hear about your birds¦it sounds to me as if they are probably just trying to sort out their pecking order now they have moved into a new home. I have never kept Pekins but I have had other bantams. I find them a lot more moody than most larger breeds. They also seem to take longer to settle down when separated from their siblings. I expect they will calm down over the next couple of days. Have they got plenty of room so that they can get away from each other? If they are in a small run that could be the problem. Try hanging up a small cabbage, or a bunch of weeds so that they can peck at it. This stops them getting bored & turning on each other.

 

I would keep your children away from them for a few days as you don't want either hens or children to get scared of each other. 

Let us know how they go on & good luck.

 

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Tue 20-Sep-11
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Thank you so much for your reply Hattie. I feel much happier and reassured! Also, spent some time sat near the run and coop watching them and THEY seem happier too.  The coop and run is a cocoon one, allegedly for four to six chickens, and I've only got two bantams in there so there should be plenty of room.  Was planning on letting them out for a wander at the weekend when they've settled in a bit more.  I put a cabbage up for them at first but removed it as i was worried they had hurt their heads on that, as it was attached to some rope with a nail.  I thought it unlikely but didn't want to leave anything to chance. 

 

Thanks again, i'll let you know how we get on

Sat 24-Sep-11
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Update: Have had the Pekins (Stella and Butterfly) out of their run last night and Butterlfy is particularly friendly.  She jumped on my knee and let me pet her.  I got both of them to eat from my hand, but Stella (the pecky one) is still quite jumpy and I've not been brave enough to try to handle her just yet. 

Thanks again for all posts

Jayne smile

Sat 24-Sep-11
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It looks as though you are starting to enjoy them.  Will we see pictures please?wink

I'll try that again!

Sat 24-Sep-11
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wave Jayne,

I'm delighted you are able to enjoy your hens after the difficult start with them. I am sure Stella will get friendlier as the weeks go on....some chickens take longer to adjust after a move. 

Just one piece of advice, if I may pass it on to you; it is a good idea not to keep either a single hen or a pair but to have three of them as a minimum. This is because if something should happen to one of a pair the other one pines for it's companion. Chickens are flock birds & enjoy company.

Take care & have fun with Butterfly & Stella smile

 

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