Dark Chicks vs Light Chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by 2big2ride, Mar 13, 2012.

  1. 2big2ride

    2big2ride New Egg

    Jan 23, 2012
    Hey there-
    I have 4 week old chicks. Out of the brooder, in a new enclosure, and ready for the coop when complete.
    2 RI Reds, 2 Barred Rocks, 2 Austrolorps, and 2 Buff Orpingtons.
    It seems the darker chicks are "picking" on the lighter ones. They have picked tail feathers and a little blood-
    The orps are patched up and separated for now.
    Is it the difference in breed?
    Pecking order?
    How and when can they be together again?
    I will be checking on their protein content in the crumble and may give extra protein if needed...

    I have posted over on the "injuries and disease" board as well about the picking and bleeding-

  2. chkinut

    chkinut Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2010
    Leesburg, Ohio
    wow, i've never had this problem and i've always had a mixed flock. wish i could help.

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