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adding younger chicks to the brooder

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by mrsTpratt, Sep 20, 2012.

  1. mrsTpratt

    mrsTpratt Out Of The Brooder

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    i have 8 RIR that are about 2 weeks old (maybe a bit older) and today i just added 2 few day old silver laced. the RIR are pecking at the new ones eyes and becks. it's not constant but still looks like it may hurt. [​IMG] i'm scared to leave the brooder thinking they may harm them. is this normal? will they harm them? or once they get use to them they will adopt them in?



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  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    It's normal and hopefully will calm down when they get more accustomed to each other. It would be good if the little ones had a hiding spot, and the larger the brooder, the better. If blood is drawn, you will have to intervene.
     
  3. mrsTpratt

    mrsTpratt Out Of The Brooder

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    thank you for responding. they all seem to be getting along for the most part now. the babies still want to sleep a lot though and with the older ones running around they get woke up a lot. i'm going to try and figure out a way to give them a hiding spot. also, do you happen to know if it's normal they haven't eaten anything yet? i've seen them drink a bit, but no food. i even tried holding them with food in my hand.
     

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