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Help with juvenile chicks

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Hooshie, Jan 13, 2016.

  1. Hooshie

    Hooshie In the Brooder

    Jan 13, 2016
    St. Louis County, MO
    I have 2 ISA Browns, and 2 Black Australops all around 17 weeks. Theve been separated from my three older chickens but inside the coop since they were about 8 weeks. The problem is that the chicks are scared of my 2 hens (Black sex link and a Bard Plymouth Rock) and my roo (Ameraucana) and the chicks will not come out of the coop and into the run. My 2 hens and roo are around 39 weeks. When the chicks try to go out into the run, they will be chased down and pecked by all three older chickens.

    This has been happening to the chicks since we stopped separating inside the coop at 12 weeks old.

    They all sleep in the coop together peacefully but the 4 chicks still do not roost.

  2. GodofPecking

    GodofPecking Songster

    Dec 16, 2015
    all sounds normal, just keep feeding them and they'll do their part by continuing to grow.
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Pretty normal....will be like that until the youngers start laying, then may change a bit.

    Are there places in the run for the youngers to hide out of line of sight(but not a dead end trap) and/or up and away from the older birds?
    Extra roosts, pallets leaned up against a wall, logs, stumps, concrete blocks, old chairs/tables....
    ..all kinds of things to add to run for a varied environment can help with pecking orders.
  4. Hooshie

    Hooshie In the Brooder

    Jan 13, 2016
    St. Louis County, MO
    Okay thank you! We are just leaving them be and it seems like they're working up the courage to go out, and are not totally terrified of the older hens and roo anymore.

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