8 weeks olds not being accepted by the other chickens

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by NicInNC, Jan 4, 2010.

  1. NicInNC

    NicInNC Songster

    Jun 23, 2008
    North Carolina
    My 8 week old Leghorns have been spending time outside during the day but they mainly stay curled up in a corner of the run or in a corner in the coop. My banty rooster and a banty hen have been bullying them big time. The first time I introduced them, I did it completely wrong and they ripped the one chicks neck really bad. I have since had it inside to heal and it's healed nicely. The past 3 nights, I've tried to leave them outside but they continue to get pecked and when I check on them before bed I find them outside of their coop in the freezing cold and end up bringing them in for the night.

    When will the bullying stop? The chicks are almost the same size as my banties that are bullying them. Do I need to keep them in until they're bigger than the banties?

  2. Chickengal505

    Chickengal505 Songster

    Jan 4, 2010
    Bolivia N.C
    Its normal for chickens to not be as eccepting as you may want but just let them do there thing and establish a pecking order and if it gets like bleeding and cuting skin THEN you may entervene, and keep bringing the babys inside till the big boys eccept them dont worry my first introduction didn't go well , The poor sickly baby died because the rooster didn't like her!!! [​IMG]
  3. cgmccary

    cgmccary Songster 10 Years

    Sep 14, 2007
    NE Alabama
    8 weeks old is too early to introduce young birds to adult birds-- they will always get bullied; better at about 14-16 weeks old
  4. Matt A NC

    Matt A NC Crowing 11 Years

    Feb 22, 2007
    Morganton, NC
    Never add in chicks. They need to be well started so that they know to defend themselves. 4-5 months old would be a good time to try. Adults can and sometimes will kill chicks that young.


  5. BLaBauve

    BLaBauve Songster

    Jun 14, 2009
    I've always heard don't add them if they're still making chick "noises". I've added lots of chicks around 4-6 months and had success. I also keep the chicks in a coop right next to the hens for several months before I put them together. Good Luck!
  6. KKatknap

    KKatknap Songster

    Nov 15, 2009
    Albany, OR
    Quote:Keeping them in a separate area adjacent to the older hens for awhile helps. I'd also wait until at least @ 4 mos. old before trying to introduce them.
  7. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

    Feb 11, 2008
    Waterloo, Nebraska
    Quote:I agree.

  8. NicInNC

    NicInNC Songster

    Jun 23, 2008
    North Carolina
    They're back inside. *sigh* I guess they'll be in here until Spring.
  9. how many young ones do you have? is there any way you can have them separated outside? divide part of the coop or run temporarily? Its hard keeping them inside, I know.

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