adding new chicks to current chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by smcdermott, Jan 20, 2015.

  1. smcdermott

    smcdermott Chirping

    Dec 9, 2014
    Central Fl
    First time mom here.............
    I have a 7week old and 2 three week old silkies.
    just brought home 2, three or four week old RR.
    I do not have a second brooder to use so I put them in together.
    Is this ok?????

    The 7 week old who acts like a mom to the other 2 baby silkies started pecking at the new RR feet right away. Then one of the babies started doing it also.I pushed her away a few times and now they are sitting across the brooder from eachother.

    Will this stop after a day or so? Is it just normal chicken behavior? I know to use the red light invade they see blood. But I still don't want them hurt.
  2. smcdermott

    smcdermott Chirping

    Dec 9, 2014
    Central Fl
    Here is the babies
  3. ChucktheChick

    ChucktheChick Songster

    Sep 24, 2012
    The coop
    They're just discovering their pecking order. It should stop in a day or too. Good call on when to interfere.
  4. nab58

    nab58 Songster

    Mar 28, 2013
    You may want to put a screen separator between them for a while if the pecking doesn't stop. They'll be able to see but not hurt each other.
  5. I suggest a screen separator. You could just use a piece of cardboard, but some type of wire or tank screening would probably work better (so they can see each other). [​IMG]

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