Is my young roo big enough to hurt chicks?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by meags163, Aug 19, 2010.

  1. meags163

    meags163 In the Brooder

    42
    0
    32
    Jun 9, 2009
    connecticut
    I have 2 sets of birds (3 in each) that I ordered as chicks and they are 4-5 weeks apart. The older group is 9 weeks old and one is a barred rock rooster. He is twice as big as the leghorn who is the same age. I am going away next week and planned to have all my birds in the coop by the time I left. I just put the younger group in yesterday and I know I should expect some pecking to go on, but is the rooster big enough to hurt them? He is a little over half their size. They have just been cuddled in a corner together and he pecks at them when they try to eat.
     
  2. Mrs. Feathers

    Mrs. Feathers Songster

    743
    1
    149
    Apr 2, 2010
    I would keep an eye on them over the next few days. You could put out a second feeder for the little guys to get to if he continues to peck at them. Sounds like normal learning to get along together stuff if you don`t have any viscious attacks going on [​IMG]
    We are doing the same thing....processing some roos this weekend and hope to have our hens and 8 week olds settled together asap.
     
  3. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member 9 Years

    24,191
    2,688
    526
    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    meags163, I think you answered your own question, you stated,"They have just been cuddled in a corner together and he pecks at them when they try to eat." I recommend you keep the older group seperated from the younger group til you get back, then you can closely monitor them...it could be a bloody mess if you dont.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by: