Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ggamel, Mar 10, 2014.

  1. ggamel

    ggamel Hatching

    Sep 4, 2013
    Northern New Mexico
    I have just purchased some chicks from our local ts store have had about a week now and so far 2 have been injured from their siblings by pecking at the rear ends and drawing blood have had to separate them and am wondering why they are doing this and if anyone knows how to prevents it. Any info would be greatly appreciated don't want to lose them.
  2. OreoPlymothRock

    OreoPlymothRock Songster

    Apr 3, 2012
    This can be caused by overcrowding, so give them room to run around and/or run away from their siblings trying something on them. You also can have a rooster or two. They can also be bored, so give them grass with soil attached to it, they will go crazy! (In a good sort of way) But the main reason is that they are overcrowded, chicks and chickens need space to scratch and eat, without that space, they start pecking each other and becoming cannibals, so give the chicks adequete spacing and room. Hope this helps.

    P.S. Are the 2 birds that got pecked new? Because that can also be an issue.

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