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New chicks pecking each other a lot, what to do??

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I've got five chicks in a large plastic tote (36"L x 12"W), a 250 watt red lamp on them at about the level of two feet above the rim of the tote, chick feed put out on the paper towels they're walking on, lengths of ribbon hanging from a line above them for them to peck at, water out with electrolytes in it...I can't think of anything else they need.  Can anyone tell me why they might be pecking each other so much?

 

Thanks!

1 chihuahua, Gizmo;  1 DD who's  19 and 1 fabulous DH.  1 Welsumer, 1 Sicilian Buttercup, 1 White Leghorn, 1 Partridge Penedesenca, 1 Rhode Island Red, 3 Easter Egger, 1 Ancona, 1 Giant Barred Cochin, and 1 Golden Sexlink,  all pullets as far as I know.

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1 chihuahua, Gizmo;  1 DD who's  19 and 1 fabulous DH.  1 Welsumer, 1 Sicilian Buttercup, 1 White Leghorn, 1 Partridge Penedesenca, 1 Rhode Island Red, 3 Easter Egger, 1 Ancona, 1 Giant Barred Cochin, and 1 Golden Sexlink,  all pullets as far as I know.

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How old are the chicks?  If they are only a week or two old this would be plenty of space.It they are more like 5 week old or older it may not be enough space.

 

I would not recommend having ribbon in the brooder.  If they manage to break off a piece and swallow it, it will be very difficult for them to digest.  I think it could potentially kill them.  A 2' x 2" roost a couple of inches off the floor is a great addition.

 

If you can post the page of the chicks it will make it easier for people to post ideas.

1 Silver Laced Wyandotte, 2 Gold Laced Wyandotte, 1 BLRW, 1 Columbian Wyandotte, 4 Rhode Island Red, 6 Easter Eggers, 3 Barred Rock, 3 Welsummer, 2 Buff Orpington, 2 White Leghorn, 2 Brown Leghorn, 3 Gold Sex Links, 2 Delaware, 1 Mixed Maran.    And a partridge in a pear tree... (just kidding on the partridge).
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1 Silver Laced Wyandotte, 2 Gold Laced Wyandotte, 1 BLRW, 1 Columbian Wyandotte, 4 Rhode Island Red, 6 Easter Eggers, 3 Barred Rock, 3 Welsummer, 2 Buff Orpington, 2 White Leghorn, 2 Brown Leghorn, 3 Gold Sex Links, 2 Delaware, 1 Mixed Maran.    And a partridge in a pear tree... (just kidding on the partridge).
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Whoops!  Forgot to tell how old they are!  They are two to three days old at most.  Two of them are Silkies, one is a White Leghorn, one is a Welsummer, one is a Sicillian Buttercup.  Good note on the ribbon.  Will switch for something else.  I will add a low roost instead. 

 

I'm not sure what you mean about posting a page of them, so it will be easier for people to respond.  Do you mean a picture?

 

Thanks!

1 chihuahua, Gizmo;  1 DD who's  19 and 1 fabulous DH.  1 Welsumer, 1 Sicilian Buttercup, 1 White Leghorn, 1 Partridge Penedesenca, 1 Rhode Island Red, 3 Easter Egger, 1 Ancona, 1 Giant Barred Cochin, and 1 Golden Sexlink,  all pullets as far as I know.

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1 chihuahua, Gizmo;  1 DD who's  19 and 1 fabulous DH.  1 Welsumer, 1 Sicilian Buttercup, 1 White Leghorn, 1 Partridge Penedesenca, 1 Rhode Island Red, 3 Easter Egger, 1 Ancona, 1 Giant Barred Cochin, and 1 Golden Sexlink,  all pullets as far as I know.

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We have 12 laying hens.  Bought them all at the same time 3/05/12.  6 are Red sex links, 3 are "red Leghorns," and 3 are black Austrolops.  We also bought 6 cornish-rock hens at the same time. 

 

I had all 12 laying hens in a brooder together for two weeks, and the 6 meat birds in a brooder together for 6 weeks - then we put them all into a 10'X12' coop a week ago today.  They did fine until this Friday evening when the laying hens started pecking at the meat birds.  So I put wire up down the middle of the coop and separated the meat birds from the laying hens.  That was fine for Saturday, but now Sunday morning the laying hens are pecking at one another.  3 or 4 of the red sex links have bleeding tails and one has had all of its tail feathers pecked off.  

 

I feel like they have plenty of space.  They have plenty of food, 3 waterers.  I don't know why they keep pecking at one another.  This seems to be going beyond the normal pecking order and dominancy behavior.  I am new to chickens so I have no idea??  

 

Any insight, advice, solutions??  This is very frustrating and I would like to resolve.  I can't keep separating them out.

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Originally Posted by kristenm1975 View Post

I've got five chicks in a large plastic tote (36"L x 12"W), a 250 watt red lamp on them at about the level of two feet above the rim of the tote, chick feed put out on the paper towels they're walking on, lengths of ribbon hanging from a line above them for them to peck at, water out with electrolytes in it...I can't think of anything else they need.  Can anyone tell me why they might be pecking each other so much?

 

Thanks!



Do you have food in a container? Maybe they aren't getting enough food? 

 

Also, you should watch and see if it might be mainly an instigator. We had a bully that would peck till the others bled, then the bleeding chick became a target to all. 

 

Hope they aren't pecking to bleeding, and that you can get it resolved. Our pecking chick made raising chicks stressful! 

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heat lamp 2 ft above the tote? do you have a thermometer in there? whats the temp reading? (Just curious)

5 Red Sexlink, 5 turkens, 5 Barred Plymouth, 5 RIR, 5 Black Australorp
2 Brahmas & 3 EE'ers
On the other hand: Mom to 4, Britt 20, Homeschool teacher to Jeron 12, Elayna 7 and Lydia 5 & SAHM/WAHM (self employed), wife to Brian
My belief: Be nice to everyone you meet, we are all fighting some sort of battle in our life.
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5 Red Sexlink, 5 turkens, 5 Barred Plymouth, 5 RIR, 5 Black Australorp
2 Brahmas & 3 EE'ers
On the other hand: Mom to 4, Britt 20, Homeschool teacher to Jeron 12, Elayna 7 and Lydia 5 & SAHM/WAHM (self employed), wife to Brian
My belief: Be nice to everyone you meet, we are all fighting some sort of battle in our life.
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We have 4 nine day old chicks in a big plastic tote...fresh food and water available at all times, heat range about 87-89 degrees but I have 1 that pecks at all the others feet. I haven't noticed sores or bleeding but wondered how to stop it before it gets to that point. Any ideas/tips?
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make sure they have easy access to  water and food at all times.   try and put in a large solid shiny object like a CD or a mirror or even large marbles to keep them distracted


Edited by narwhal master - 9/22/13 at 7:37am

Bernice the awesome 

Owner of 4 of the best chickens ever!!!

 

When life gives you lemons make apple juice 

i once had a cute little kitten named Mr.Muffin.   He was delicious 

check it out     ~

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Bernice the awesome 

Owner of 4 of the best chickens ever!!!

 

When life gives you lemons make apple juice 

i once had a cute little kitten named Mr.Muffin.   He was delicious 

check it out     ~

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