How is everyone's chicks holding up in the cold? Mine seem to be handling the weather ok, besides being tired of the snow and cold. Mostly everyone came out today on the patio because its shoveled, lol.
I have had 2 problems though, 1st problem is a 7 month old black Orp named Sophia who likes to bully all the young (3month) orpingtons. She pecks, pulls feathers and really targeted my splash roo. I have grabbed her numerous times by the tail, just to get her to stop. Well, I found her going after my splash roo again in the afternoon and she had him bleeding on his side. So he is in the basement for some R and R. She is the only one picking on them. What can I do about it? Should I separate her for a bit so she can drop in the pecking order? No matter what she will still be above the youngsters. I can't wait for the breeding pen and put the older ones in by themselves for a while.
Second problem was when I opened my broody coop this morning. Since they are still in there by themselves and with this cold snap, I put in the old metal trough feeder with the openings. Well, Clara my broody must have gotten a drink of water and shook or maybe the babies where drinking also and shook, that must have gotten her comb wet. Then when she went to eat, and putting her head in the metal holes, her comb must have been sticking to the cold metal. There was blood stuck to the feeder, and then I looked at her poor comb. It was like she didn't feel it and just kept eating. So she came in, got cleaned up and applied some blue kote.
I'm ready for spring to get here!
Edited by ChicagoClucker - 1/14/16 at 7:47pm