New Chickens pecking at old chickens-PLEASE HELP

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Lillyk24, Jul 20, 2016.

  1. Lillyk24

    Lillyk24 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi there, I had 8 loving chickens and purchased 3 day old chickens, they all got along great until, well unfortunately the old chickens were eaten by something (since then we updated the coop). My issue now is that I bought 8 chickens from someone and they are about 2 years old, but they do not like my baby chickens who are 4 months old and the same size. They just keep pecking at them and wont let them get the corn I throw in their coop. I have been keeping them separate with my goats to be safe, but now the goats are head butting them. I don't know what to do anymore. How can I help these young-ins? I cant loose anymore.

    Any suggestions welcome and appreciated!

    Thank you

    Jen
     
  2. Wilebaum

    Wilebaum Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They have to sort out the pecking order, and it may not be pretty. Make sure they have plenty of room to run around, maybe put food/water in more than one location. You can give them visual access instead of direct access and they can do a bit of their sorting out of pecking order with verbal clues. They'll get through it. Good luck.
     
  3. Lillyk24

    Lillyk24 Out Of The Brooder

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    Oh no really? Never had that problem before. I feel so bad for them, they are actually getting pecked at. Thank you for the quick reply and the suggestions, I will give them more food and water options to see if that helps!

    Thanks
     

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