In the Brooder
- Oct 13, 2012
So my husband got an offer that he couldn't refuse and came home with 18 roughly week old chicks that we think are probably Delawares. We've had them for about a month now, and all has been calm and quiet. As they've aged, we've split them up into different cages for more room until our big run is done. We thought we'd have until tomorrow to finish it, but all heck broke loose this afternoon, with both cages going crazy and looking like a mosh pit! Being home alone and with my hens all out for the day, I grabbed the 5 that were instigating the most and put them in the big girl run to let them duke it out without picking on the milder mannered ones. Now, I've searched and see that this is normal, but these guys were either bleeding or drawing blood with death grips on necks and beak holds and stuff. My question is that when given more space tomorrow when their run is done, should I still keep the fighters separate? I have a third cage that I can put these (presumably) guys in for the night, but now I get to scramble to figure out arrangements since I don't have room for 3 cages in my laundry room. I really don't care if they fight to the death, I just don't want them killing my quiet ones! Thanks in advance!