Is it better for chicks to be in a group of two or three

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by kenzieschickens, Dec 6, 2016.

  1. kenzieschickens

    kenzieschickens New Egg

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    Today I gave one of my friends Two, one week old chicks one is a blue cooper marran and the other is a splash marran but the splash pecks the blue copper (not enough to bring blood or Take feathers just pecking) but I was just wondering if it was just doing it to be mean or if there was a reasoning and if it could aventually harm the blue copper. I was also wondering if I should give her 1 more because I feel like two is not enough
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  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Three chicks would be likely better. It will take the "heat" off the chick being pecked, and in the long term will ensure that your friend is not left with one lone chicken, should anything happen to a bird. Enriching the brooder (a tree branch, hanging a CD, for example) may also help reduce the pecking.
     
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  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Sometimes that doesn't work instead you end up with 2 chicks beating up the other. Chickens seem wired to pick up bad habits instead of good ones.
     
  4. kenzieschickens

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    @Drumstick diva
    I'm going to ask my freind tomorrow if she would like another but I will try and give her one of my tinyer ones. Of the 2 I have already given her the splash marran (the one who is pecking) is allittle bigger than the blue copper marran (the one who is being pecked) do you think that could be part of the problem?
     
  5. N F C

    N F C got coffee? Premium Member Project Manager

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    I think 3 is better than 2...less chance of ending up with a lone bird if something goes wrong. I like CTKen's suggestion of adding something of interest to their environment.
     
  6. Blooie

    Blooie Team Spina Bifida Premium Member

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    I found this trick accidentally when I got my first chicks. I'd forgotten to put some marbles in their waterer so they wouldn't drown, so I bought a bag of big ones. As I leaned down with a handful of them, a couple dropped out of my hand and onto the floor of the brooder. At first you'd have thought some scary alien had just descended down on them - they ran to the opposite side of the brooder like their hineys were on fire. I just sat back and watched - soon one chick when over and pecked at the shiny marble. It moved!! He did it again. It moved again!! Wow - chicken soccer!! They really enjoyed those stupid marbles!!

    So distractions DO work!!
     
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  7. N F C

    N F C got coffee? Premium Member Project Manager

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    Your story reminded me of the last time we set up a brooder full of chicks...we put a length of 4" or 5" plastic tubing in it and those little chicks had so much fun chasing each other through it or hopping on top of it. One of them adopted the tube as her napping spot.
     
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  8. Blooie

    Blooie Team Spina Bifida Premium Member

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    I may steal that one!
     
  9. N F C

    N F C got coffee? Premium Member Project Manager

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    Please do, that tube was a riot (for the birds and for us)!
     
  10. RodNTN

    RodNTN Following Jesus

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