Originally Posted by GitaBooks
Originally Posted by Wickedchicken6
Oh...one of the chicks due had cracked the shell. I opened it just a bit to see....out of concern (that's what I'm calling it)
Definitely leaving him...do I put some "stuff" on the membrane. I think you guys call it bacitrin? Is that like polysporin?
How's it doing? Waiting can be so aggravating!
Sorry, I was just trying to send it when you must of been writing this. Which is funny and ironic!!
The site kept telling me I had already sent it...and I was like, I did???
Which just made me feel like Local's cat!!!
Originally Posted by Sueg4332
Years ago at a horse ranch I worked on had this young 200 pound pig that loved to eat baby chickens. He would stalk them like a cat. HE MADE ME SO MAD. hE WAS QUIET TASTY B&Q. He was awful.. We broke that habit.. LOL
Yeah, pigs certainly have some carnivore in them. In Australia they hunt and eat people's lambs and they love meat, eggs, milk, ect. They're also REALLY intelligent. Pigs can be both awesome and dangerous. My mom said our great aunt (or something, I don't remember) actually had a pig kill and try to eat a little girl! That is really sad, and it makes me nervous to get a pig ever (ironically they happen to be one of my favorite animals).
Now that's some scary stuff!! I know we were in the open in pens with them when I/we had them at my grandparents place. The word that comes to mind when I think of pigs is "wicked" (and not just because of my name...lol)
I think they're scarier than cattle, 'cause cattle will just break your bones. Not that I'd want that either.
Originally Posted by aplynn
Have any of you ever run into an issues where your chick abused? The other 2 beat her up, but only when she is in the brooder with them.
I only got 3 chicks that hatched 2 of them yellow RIR, 1 black Barred Rock, the barred rock is the one being beat up. They are fine with her outside the brooder box when I let the kids watch them run around they are happy playful and even snuggle with her and she LOVES it, but when I try to put her in the brooder they are truly brutal to this poor thing. She does try to fight back but she is 2 days younger than them and they are bigger. I feel bad because she wants sooo much to be with the others, she does not want to be alone, but, I don't know how else to keep her safe. I wish one of my silkies would take her and care for her. They are just not old enough yet
Like the others said, a change in the heating element, a new brooder, and plenty of fun "toys" can keep chickens busy. A place to hide allows them security, some perches let them get their energy out, and some chopped up grass lets them pretend to forage. My chickens love all the fun things I add to their brooders and have never shown aggression while in them (thankfully. I consider half luck).
I hope they start getting along.
Originally Posted by Wickedchicken6
Rabbits are amazingly territorial! Pigs and rabbits will just pick on and possibly kill the newcomer. Chickens too. Sheep are by far the easiest to introduce and move together in my experience. Moving the new animal/chicken or picked on animal first and letting them be in the space before the aggressors can make all the difference. Moving 2, preferably more animals/chickens together lessens the extent of abuse. When I use to show, I always showed at least 3 ewes so that when I brought them back home and reintroduced them after quarantine, the others' aggression (70ish ewes) would be spread out over the three ewes and not just on one.
I hope the harmony continues.
Yeah, we've introduced animals before and seen both the good and the bad of it. I have to say that for us the hardest as been cats though. Rabbits are certainly up there too. Chickens take time, but I'll admit I've never introduced an adult in, only chicks or teens so that could be why we haven't had trouble with the intros.
I consider myself SO incredibly fortunate too with our chickens. I've never imagined that there'd be such easy going, wonderful chickens. Total luck of the draw in my case. I use white heat bulbs (and 65w floodlights when they're chicks in the house) I haven't seen any major agression or pecking at all...other than newly hatched chicks pecking at say a foot and going, "oh it's not food"...lol. Even between these different breeds. The only thing I see is the EEs step on the OEGBs just because they're smaller and in the way.
We amalgamated 52 chickens from 4 different coops, all different ages and different breeds this fall. The only problem was the guinea fowl.
So I penned the guinea fowl until I sell them. Everyday I still cannot believe how well they get along. Amazing!! I'm just SO lucky. I've also seen everyone mentioning how their chicks stay up at night with a light. I've made a point of watching...these chicks always sleep at night even under the bright lights. I have no idea why the difference.