Can age create competition and inhibit growth?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Happyfeathers16, Oct 25, 2015.

  1. Happyfeathers16

    Happyfeathers16 New Egg

    Sep 30, 2015
    Good morning!! I am completely new to raising chickens. I recently purchased a few hens from a local feel store. I got 2 golden sex links and 2 speckled sussex. I think everything is going well. My Goldens are a good bit larger than my Speckleds? They are about 2 weeks apart in purchase age. But I am now getting worried about them? Could the Goldens be prohibiting the Speckles growth bc they are larger and get more of the food? I check on them and make sure they always have food and water available to them. I just want to make sure they are given every opportunity to grow and develop properly.
    Thank you!
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

    Mar 9, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC
    Yes, it is entirely possible for one bird or group of birds to prevent another bird/group of birds from accessing feed and water, thus inhibiting their growth. For this reason, having more than one feed/water station available to your flock can be a good idea. Having a group where there is a significant age gap (as chicks, two weeks is significant) further increases the risk of there being this, and other issues. I would suggest adding feed/water stations and/or sectioning your brooder so that you have the two groups housed in a way that they can see each other but each age group is in their own area to prevent the bullying issue without creating two entirely separate groups that later have to be introduced to each other.
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  3. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG] I'm glad you joined us!

    Ol' Grey Mare gave you some good advice. Good luck with your flock!
  4. trailrider330

    trailrider330 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 4, 2013
    Midwest America
    Welcome to the BYC flock! We are glad you joined us!

  5. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member Project Manager

    Jan 10, 2013
    [​IMG] glad you have joined us and congrats on getting your flock.

    Please do take Ol Grey Mare's advice so they will all grow up to be strong and happy.
  6. NickyKnack

    NickyKnack Love is Silkie soft!

    Welcome to BYC and the coop! There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to joined the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around BYC.
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Also there are size differences among various breeds to take into account.
  8. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  9. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    I have both the breeds you have in my mixed flock. Based on my experience with them, the red sex link girls are little food hogs and will gobble up anything they can so having multiple feeders and waterers is helpful as Old Grey Mare said but I've also found the SS to be a bit slower to grow even with the added feeders and waterers (they have also been slower than my Black Australorps, Barred Plymouth Rocks and Rhode Island Reds). That may be just particular to my birds but some chickens do take longer to mature naturally.

    Thanks for joining us, hope you are having fun with your flock!

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