4 week olds getting bullied by 6 week olds - any hope?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by mommahen64, May 24, 2011.

  1. mommahen64

    mommahen64 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi,

    I added three little chicks (two d'uccles and a silkie) to my flock of 6 (two barred rocks, a silkie, and a few unkonwn bantams). First, let me say I'm new and had no idea that those cute little black fluff balls called Barred Plymouth Rocks would grow to be ENORMOUS. [​IMG] The little ones are getting chased and pecked now that everyone is out in their new coop. Not too viscious - but they're definitely scared. The older silkie is the worst but she seems to be the odd one out of the original 6.

    Any hope that they'll get along at some point, or at least peacefully co-exist? Should I be worried?

    Thanks to any 'veterans' who can give me suggestions / pointers.
     
  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Bared Rocks are pretty laid back, but having the mix of large fowl with the dwarfs can create issues. Keep an eye on it. The Barred Rock, while normal sized, only seems so big because it is next to the bantams.
     
  3. mommahen64

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    Thank you for your help!
     
  4. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    With a two week difference in ages, you should be able to carry this off successfully.

    However, chickens are individuals, so please see post #8 below (I just today typed it out for someone else):

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=510427&p=1
    see post #8

    In that post I describe the difference between bullying (not ok) and the normal pecking order. The normal pecking order can look terrible but is ok, and they will settle down and peace will reign hopefully soon, in my experience.
     

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