adding chicks to existing flock...will they kill them?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by crazy4eggsJulie, Jun 18, 2009.

  1. crazy4eggsJulie

    crazy4eggsJulie Songster

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    Mar 15, 2009
    We have 6 chickens that are 3 months old and 22 chicks that are 1 month. There is a huge difference in size. I have them all out in the coop but the babies are separated off with chicken wire. When they stick their little heads through it to peck at the shavings, our cochin (who is otherwise very gentle) runs to attack them! I'm afraid to let them out....will she kill them or is she just planning to peck them? I can't bring myself to do it to find out.
     
  2. joedie

    joedie Songster

    Mar 17, 2009
    SW Indiana
    I would wait until they are about the same size first. They really can't defend themselves very well at this point and can get hurt!
     
  3. jrleader99

    jrleader99 Songster

    I just combined three groups together - 19, 8 and 7 week old chicks. They have been in the same coop (visible) for about 4-5 weeks. I had the 8 and 7 week olds in separate dog crates but in the coop with the bigger ones. About a week ago I started letting them mingle while I was in there just to make sure there were not going to be too much fighting. And just this week I have left them all together and they are doing fine. Now don't get me wrong there is still some pecking but they are doing well. They do get the opportunity to free range during the day so they are not confined so that may be helping.

    Now my only issue is trying to count all of them (22) at the end of the night. It was much easier when I only had to count the bigger ones (10) and knew where the little ones were. Last night myself and one of our friends was counting them and kept coming up 2 short. Well I finally found one hiding under some others and then had to craw into the open dog crate with roosts and found the last one hiding back there.

    Now my only issue is the number of roos (at least 8 of the 22) that I have and what I want to do with them - Craigslist or freezer heaven???
     
  4. georgialee

    georgialee Songster

    Apr 9, 2009
    Knoxville, TN
    I would wait a bit longer until they're closer in size (maybe another month or so). There WILL be pecking to establish the pecking order. I added 2 speckled sussex in with my 18 other chooks and they are on the very bottom despite the fact that they are bigger than my bantams. [​IMG]
     

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