Chickens with chicks

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by The fluffy bums, Jul 17, 2019.

  1. The fluffy bums

    The fluffy bums In the Brooder

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    I have two 7 week olds and 10 one week old chicks I let them see each other for a day and then I tried putting them together and my older ones would peck any chick if it came near them so I didn’t put them together again. I’ve been letting them see each other for a while now I’m not sure what to do to make them not peck them and be a bit more nice:hugs
     
  2. RyderTheChicken

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    That is apart of the pecking order and the older ones are trying to assert there dominance so they can be first for food, water etc. it is going to happen anyway and the older ones will peck at the younger ones but I would wait until the one week olds are at least 6 weeks before introducing them.
     
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  3. The fluffy bums

    The fluffy bums In the Brooder

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    I wanted to put them out in the coop when they are younger because the temperature is perfect for them and they love outside my problem more is that I want to put them outside for good (unless it’s really bad weather) in the next week or two but they are picking on them so do I just leave it and let them see each other for now and then by the time they are together for good they are used to each other for the most part :fl
     
  4. Helloworld

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    Put them in a good sized crate where they can be together but not chewed on but regardless how long, they all have to go through the initiation process.
     
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  5. RyderTheChicken

    RyderTheChicken Songster

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    Also don’t I would NOT put them outside until they are fully feathered because even if it is warm weather they can still get to cold.
     
  6. rosemarythyme

    rosemarythyme Free Ranging

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    They're not going to be "nice" to each other because the adults are going to put the little ones in their place but you can help lessen the problem by providing multiple feeders, placed some distance apart, and obstacles, so the chicks can hide when chased by the older birds.
     
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  7. The fluffy bums

    The fluffy bums In the Brooder

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    Okay thanks for all the info
     
  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    I agree that the younger ones may still need a heat source.
    What is the temp....
    Where in this world are you located?
    Climate, and time of year, is almost always a factor.
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    Pics of your coop might help.
    But here's some tips about....
    Integration Basics:
    It's all about territory and resources(space/food/water).
    Existing birds will almost always attack new ones to defend their resources.
    Understanding chicken behaviors is essential to integrating new birds into your flock.

    Confine new birds within sight but physically segregated from older/existing birds for several weeks, so they can see and get used to each other but not physically interact.

    In adjacent runs, spread scratch grains along the dividing mesh, best if mesh is just big enough for birds to stick their head thru, so they get used to eating together.

    The more space, the better.
    Birds will peck to establish dominance, the pecked bird needs space to get away. As long as there's no copious blood drawn and/or new bird is not trapped/pinned down and beaten unmercilessly, let them work it out. Every time you interfere or remove new birds, they'll have to start the pecking order thing all over again.

    Multiple feed/water stations. Dominance issues are most often carried out over sustenance, more stations lessens the frequency of that issue.

    Places for the new birds to hide 'out of line of sight'(but not a dead end trap) and/or up and away from any bully birds. Roosts, pallets or boards leaned up against walls or up on concrete blocks, old chairs tables, branches, logs, stumps out in the run can really help. Lots of diversion and places to 'hide' instead of bare wide open run.
     
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  9. The fluffy bums

    The fluffy bums In the Brooder

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    It’s usually around 30 degrees. it is summertime.this is the coop
     

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