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Meat Chicks Pecking eachother

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by D SCHWARTZ 26, Jun 15, 2017.

  1. D SCHWARTZ 26

    D SCHWARTZ 26 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello,
    This is my first time raising meat chicks and I'm having problems with them pecking eachother mostly around their oilers. What should I do? It's getting to the point where there are to many to separate them.
    I have to leave the heat lamp on at night yet (I'm using a red bulb). And I've been letting them run out of feed at night so they aren't eating 24/7. Should I give them full feed all the time?
    Any ideas are welcome, thanks in advance.
     
  2. Bluechick2u

    Bluechick2u Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like an overcrowding or boredom issue, are you sure they have enough space?
     
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  3. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

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    How old are they---do they really need a heat lamp? I do not understand the statement---"It's getting to the point where there are to many to separate them."?
     
  4. D SCHWARTZ 26

    D SCHWARTZ 26 Out Of The Brooder

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    They are just over 2 weeks old. And I had been separating the ones that were getting pecked so they could heal then I am going to put them together as soon as they heal, but today when I was feeding I noticed maybe 10 that are starting to get pecked around their oilers (maybe more). And wont have room in my seperate pen for all the new pecked ones. I have 100 total in about a 4 foot by 8 foot pen.
     
  5. Bluechick2u

    Bluechick2u Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have noticed that if I have more than 20 in 1 pen, the pecking order gets too rough on the bottom ones. I have never tried 100 in 1 area, but I strongly suspect I would get dead chicks if I did. Sorry, I'm not an expert, and I haven't tried meat birds, but I can't imagine they'd be that different from other breeds.
     
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    debid Overrun With Chickens

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    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    I agree, it sounds like they are overcrowded. That's a small space for that many. Where do you plan to move them as they grow larger?
     
  8. D SCHWARTZ 26

    D SCHWARTZ 26 Out Of The Brooder

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    I gave them more space in the chicken coop yesterday and as they het older they are going to be getting an outside run. Thanks for all your help, I hope this fixes the problem.
     

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