Hello, I'm in FFA and I am a green-hands (a.k.a. first year/first time raising animals). I was given 22 yellow chicks. I have a coop that is 5x10 ft but they haven't been staying there due to lack of materials (feeding pen, water station, heating lamps, etc.) so I've had them in my room in a box about 2x1.5ft. When I first got them, everything was okay. they ate, they slept, they drank, and that was that.
Now it is day 4 of having them (today is the day ill be bringing them to the barn btw) and I've noticed bald spots on my chicks and A LOT of aggression within the flock so I separated them into halves. I put 11 in a different box (about the same size as the other) and everything has calmed down. I did some research and I read that it could be cannibalism????. I know that feather picking happens but this is kind of extreme. I'd say about 2 or 3 are completely intact or very little fur/feather loss, a majority has a good amount of fur/feather loss but still hair in the areas, and about 2 has completely bald spots the size of quarters. The chicks are very small, about the size of an average adult woman's fist, and only have feathers coming in around the ends of the wings.
I'm freaking out because I don't want my chicks to eat each other and I know literally nothing about raising chickens. Please help me out with some tips on ways to revert or prevent more of this behavior and/or any other tips for raising chickens? ANYTHING helps..