Introduction and a few questions!

aveschicks

Hatching
5 Years
Apr 10, 2014
4
1
9
Arlington, TX
Hello all!

My name is Avery and I live in Texas. I'm new to chicken raising though I have done a ton of research!
I ordered my chicks off of mypetchicken.com and I am very happy with company! I received my chicks on Tuesday


My cute little chicks are an Easter Egger (Fern), Silver Laced Wyandotte (Mabel), Barred Plymouth Rock (Lily), Buff Orpington (Abigail), and a Buff Silkie (Beatrice). All females.

So, all has been great the past few days except for a little bullying. Fern is the main bully, she will peck at the wings of all the other chicks (like she's pulling out their fluff), mostly pecks Mabel though. Should I be worried? Anything I can do about it? Their brooder is a 50 gal. rubbermaid, so they have plenty of room right now, and a red heat bulb.

Thank you!
Avery


 

Big yellow

In the Brooder
5 Years
Apr 24, 2014
72
5
33
Well, If the pecking is overly aggressive then you may need to separate fern from the rest until he/she straightens up. But remember, Chicks use their beaks like their hands. They peck at everything, even each other. When my chicks were younger, they would peck at each others down to. It's probably nothing to worry about, but if it gets aggressive or if any blood is drawn, you should separate them.
 

aveschicks

Hatching
5 Years
Apr 10, 2014
4
1
9
Arlington, TX
Ok, thanks for the advice. I don't feel like it's overly aggressive right now, but I'll continue to keep a close eye on them!
 

RouttyChicks

In the Brooder
6 Years
Aug 24, 2013
64
3
49
Carrollton, Va.
Welcome to the site. I too am using a 50 gal Rubbermaid tub and mine are 2.5 weeks old today. Amazing how fast they grow and i hope it warms up soon so i can get them outside in the coop. They are quickly outgrowing the tub. Had to put a wire top on it just to keep them in.
 

aveschicks

Hatching
5 Years
Apr 10, 2014
4
1
9
Arlington, TX
Yes, it's so crazy how much I've noticed their growth in 3 days! Are a lot of their feathers grown in by 2.5 weeks?
Even though mine are still tiny I've got a lid ready to go when it's needed. Which will be soon I guess!
 
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