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Chick being bullied

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Lizak92, Oct 11, 2015.

  1. Lizak92

    Lizak92 New Egg

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    I have 4 new chicks, 3 weeks old, 2 jersey giants and 2 ameraucanas. 1 of the ameraucanas is being bullied by the other 3, she does not seem injured but I have put her in a separate container over night, I tried putting her back in today and they started in on her within 2 minutes, I have read a bunch of other people's threads but I wanted to some advice it breaks my heart to have her separated but i can't watch her get beat up. I got a nice outdoor coop that I would like to put them in when they get older, should I just keep her separate for a few days then try again? They are in a pretty large dog crate with the top off and a light on them at about 90 degrees, the isolated chic is in a large storage bin with a red heat lamp same temp. I am new at all this so really appreciate any advice. Also when should I put them in the outdoor coop, we live in florida so not an issue with cold right now and could also put the light in there. Thanks so much, this is really upsetting.
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Runs With Chickens Premium Member

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    They are probably too hot as well as crowded, at three weeks they should be at 70-75 degrees, I would put them back together and move them to your coop, you can add a light if your temperatures fall below 70, otherwise I wouldn't, make sure there are places for those being picked on can get away, roosts work well for this.
     
  3. Lizak92

    Lizak92 New Egg

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    Hello, Thanks for the info, i did move them to the larger coop and put them outside then put them all together and it was like they have never been separated! so I am very happy about that!

    The only other thing is the temp, i read that (and was told by the lady that sold me the chicks) that they need to be at 90 for the first week then lower the heat by 5 degrees every week,so should they be at about 75 - 80? I try to spy on them and see where they are laying but as soon as i open the door to the room they are in they started moving around and so i haven't been able to really find out if they are too hot or not.

    Thanks!
     
  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Runs With Chickens Premium Member

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    Some people start at 90, I like 85, being too hot causes all kinds of trouble, though I use my chicks as my guide, if they are huddled under the light I will make it a bit warmer, too far out and they are too hot. After the first two weeks they become more hardy quickly. I usually watch mine past a few minutes because they forget you are there after a bit and go back to what they were doing.

    Glad you have them out in the coop, chicks need to run and move just like kids.
     

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