Chicks pecking each other

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by elliemay12, May 1, 2016.

  1. elliemay12

    elliemay12 Just Hatched

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    Hi, anyone know why chicks peck each other they are 2 wks old
     
  2. countrygirl345

    countrygirl345 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chicks peck out of boredom or overcrowding. If the pecking draws blood on one, then all of the the other chicks will target the injured chick like bees to honey, sometimes pecking it to death. It's important to make sure they have plenty of space, food and water. If one does get bloody, put blu-kote on it ASAP so the others will leave it alone. You can get blu-kote at your local feed store or tractor supply. How big/what kind of brooder are the chicks in now?
     
  3. elliemay12

    elliemay12 Just Hatched

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    We have 12 in the largest tote walmart carries we thought about separating them into another large tote 6 in each whats your recommendations...thank you
     
  4. countrygirl345

    countrygirl345 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have done the two-tote method as well, and it worked great for me. I just put the light in the middle of the two totes, but you may need a second light if that isn't warm enough. Be careful that the light doesn't melt the plastic! (yea, that happened to me, lol)
     
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  5. elliemay12

    elliemay12 Just Hatched

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    Hey thanks alot so funny I just told my husband we can situate the light in between the two totes I appreciate your fast response I see your in Michigan as well
     
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  6. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice already so I'll just say hello!

    All the best
    CT
     
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Chicks and chickens also peck because they have no hands. They check things out by pecking , and soon will be pecking to determine pecking order. Who is the alpha chick(leader) and who are near the bottom.
     

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