4 day old chicks beating up day olds, why?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by BikerBabeRules, May 1, 2008.

  1. BikerBabeRules

    BikerBabeRules Songster

    Feb 13, 2008
    Vermont, USA
    I have 4 chicks that are 4 days old. I had a couple more hatch and when I put them in the brooder box with the others, they older chicks (one started it, a bantam at that) just downright mauled the 2 new chicks. She had them on their backs, and just was like a machine gun on them. I have never had this sort of thing happen before. There is plenty of room in the brooder, fresh pine shavings, plenty of heat. What's going on? I've since taken the new guys out and they are in their own brooder and peace has been restored. [​IMG]
  2. annrich

    annrich Songster

    May 27, 2007
    Western NY
    hmmm. I don't know if I can help with that one. I have 2 weekers I tried to keep seperate from day olds yesterday after their arrival. Due to my own negligence they ended being together. Everyone is fine. They were great this morning too.
    I will be interested to see what everyone else has to say. Good luck to you.
    Last edited: May 1, 2008
  3. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

    Sep 20, 2007
    Northeast Texas
    That happened with mine and only lasted as long as it took the new arrivals to start fighting back. Now they all get along just peachy. I've no explination as to why it happens.
  4. Grass

    Grass Songster

    Apr 3, 2008
    mine was opposite ...the new arrival was the one that was brute .....after couple hours the 2 day olds and 2 week olds got along fine
  5. pattee

    pattee Songster

    Apr 18, 2008
    Seattle Washington
    I have 11 new babies (4 days old) and the 2 bantams went after the biggest chick like crazy... they seem to want to pick on everybody!
    I don't know how to handle it. Except separating them.

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