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Baby chicks being beat up by older chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ging3rhoffman, Apr 2, 2009.

  1. ging3rhoffman

    ging3rhoffman Songster

    Feb 23, 2009
    I dont know what to do. I have 3 week old chicks that are tring to beat up the 1 week old chicks. I put the 1 week old chicks in a cage and they are in the chicken coop with the older chicks, but each day i let the baby chicks out to see if the older chicks will accept them and they start chasing them and pecking them right away. How long will this go on? I havent allowed any of the baby chicks to get hurt, but I am tired of the older ones acting like this. There are actually just 2 or 3 older chicks being mean. There are now 2 weeks old and 4 weeks old. There is a hugh difference in size though. What else could i do to make this work?

  2. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

    Feb 11, 2008
    Waterloo, Nebraska
    It's normal behavior. Don't mix them until they are similar in size.
  3. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

    Apr 16, 2007
    Evening Shade, AR

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