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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by wazzangie, Dec 1, 2015.

  1. wazzangie

    wazzangie Hatching

    Aug 3, 2014
    [​IMG]Thanks for creating such a valuable comunity. I just.acquired 25 chicks that are 3 weeks old.I have already found 4 dead in 2 days and others injured. We live in the Caribbean where temps are around 85° all year long. I still have them under a lamp and indoors, but maybe if I put them outside they will have more space and maybe leas pecking at each other. Could I put them out or is this contraindicated? For a short time during the day I place them in a corral outdoors and this still doesn't persuade them from pecking at each other. I'm thinking if I just give them the entire yard and a spave for them to hide at night this may help. Any advise?
    Last edited: Dec 1, 2015

  2. OrganicFarmWife

    OrganicFarmWife Crowing

    Oct 21, 2015
    No where Nebraska
    Hello! The hear lamp might be too much, especially at your temps. You can free range, but they are very young and vulnerable to predation. I would keep them in a run for the time being, let them get bigger. Then if you want to freerange give it a shot. Please keep in mind though that free ranging has its risks, the biggest being predators, you could loose some birds.
  3. How much space are you keeping 25 chickens in? Inside and out. This could be a huge factor in their aggression with each other. Put them out in a pen permanently in another week if your temps hold and they'll all be fine. Another reason the pick at each other could be a protein issue. What type of feed and how often?
  4. trailrider330

    trailrider330 Songster

    Aug 4, 2013
    Midwest America
    Welcome to the BYC flock! We are glad you joined us!

  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Agreed - it appears that space is a key issue. More space, some "toys" to distract them from pecking each other may also be a good idea.

    Whilst its a little late, it may be better if you buy chicks in the future to consider buying slightly older chicks. I guess it differs with climate, but here in Kenya most people buy chicks at 4 weeks since thereafter they do not require additional heat sources.

    Good luck!

  6. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    You've already received some good advice so I'll just say hello and it's nice to have you here!
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Welcome to the Backyard chickens flock.

  8. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

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