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Mixing an older chicken in with baby chicks, he keeps pecking them

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Amanda31, Dec 5, 2010.

  1. Amanda31

    Amanda31 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 27, 2010
    My first incubation only yeilded one chicken. My second incubation yeilded 14 chicks. I am thinking there is about 5-7 weeks difference between the ages of the first hatch and the second. My problem is I have the older chick separated from the rest of the biddies. When I put one near the older one he pecks the little one in the head. I am not sure if its going to be just an "inspection" type of peck or if it will keep doing it. I remove the baby chick after a peck or two because I don't want the older one to give him brain damage lol. Is this normal and if I leave them all together will they be alright or will the older one kill the babies?

  2. cletus the rooster

    cletus the rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

    5 to 7 weeks is a relatively long time.i would keep them separated
  3. Amanda31

    Amanda31 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 27, 2010
    Thanks, how long should that go on? The size difference right now is huge, should I wait till they are relatively close in size?
  4. bock

    bock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 10, 2008
    Northern CA
    Keep the separate until the chicks are old enough to fend for themselves. He will kill them if you keep them together now.
  5. Rozzie

    Rozzie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 14, 2010
    You'll need to keep them apart until they are close to the same size, then gradually introduce them to each other.

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