Just can't get along

mrsmartin2001

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I have some small chicks and I was gonna put them in the pin with the full grown chickens, but when I tried it they went to pecking my chicks. Does anyone know why they just can't get along?
 

red-hen

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You should never put young new chicks in with full grown birds, that is the problem in a nutshell, I'm sorry to say. The full grown ones will try to kill them, and often do. Let the babies grow up separate. You can't add to a flock without taking great care at integration. It upsets the true pecking order.
 

silkiechicken

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You'll have to wait for the chicks to reach the same size as the adults. Then you can try to integrate them at night and let them fight it out.
 

dacasodivine

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This must not apply when you ad grown hens to chicks? I bought 4 hens yesterday. Two are RIR and over a year. They pretty much ignore the chicks. The other two are Barred Rock mixes and are 5 months. They have chased the chicks some but not seriously. The chicks are around a month.

I do keep a close eye on them and the chicks still come in at night, but so far they are getting along well. Hopefully it will stay that way.
 

silkiechicken

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Birds are territorial, so adding adults to young ones may be less problems until the old ones see that they can take over, take over, and want to put the young ones in place. However, if you have enough space and lots of room, it might not be so bad. I still wouldn't make them share the same sleeping quarters. I do let different age groups free range though, but they stay in each others general coop areas.
 

dacasodivine

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Well, they'll give the chicks a peck if they don't move out of their way but don't go after them. I do still bring the chicks in at night. I was going to anyway but discovered I have a rat problem.

I will be starting to take care of that tomorrow but will keep the chicks in at night until they are too big to be tempting for a rat. Any idea what age/size that will be?
 

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