Chicks not getting along with new chick. Any tips?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by aimee, Mar 22, 2007.

  1. aimee

    aimee Songster

    Feb 27, 2007
    Lake WaConDa, NE
    I had posted yesterday about this. And of course no one had any problems but I am. [​IMG] [​IMG]

    I have three chicks, three weeks old today, and was given another chick yesterday that was bought just a couple days after I got my three. Turns out though that she's a Bantam.

    Well when I put them together, the new one freaks out and runs around chirping loudly or hides behind their water. And then the Buff Orpington starts pecking at her.

    I left them together for a while last night but moved her to a separate brooder for the night and then tried again this morning. Still no go.

    Any tips I could try?
  2. robin416

    robin416 Songster

    Feb 6, 2007
    When I read your post last night I thought "but it doesn't work everytime" but decided to leave it alone.

    I ran into that situation with my Silkies. Had one that was three weeks younger. I got lucky I was able to match my youngest peep up with an older one and after they were a couple of weeks older I was able to blend the whole group.

    Try putting one of the Orps in with the littest one, keep switching them until you hopefully find one who will be greatful for the little one's company. Beyond that I don't know what you can do, even have a wire seperated them doesn't always work.
  3. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    Good Idea Robin.....trying one at a time, see if you can fint it a friend!! hope this works.....good luck!!
  4. I_Love_Chickens

    I_Love_Chickens In the Brooder

    Mar 1, 2007
    Enid, Ok
    Maybe set the other cages side by side. I am new at chickens but I know with most animals, indirect contact helps them get used to each other and at first they might act funny but then they usually calm down and get used to each other. [​IMG] When I have added a cat to the house, I put him in one room and let them sniff each other under the door for a day or so till the hissing stops then they are fine. So if anything put the cages side by side and of course the other suggestion is great too, if you could find it a buddy i'm sure it'd be alright. Another possibility would be get some more bantams. They don't get big so they won't take up too much room later one. It being the only bantam could be hard for it. Just my opinion though. Good luck with that!!!!

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