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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by glamrancher, Apr 14, 2012.

  1. glamrancher

    glamrancher New Egg

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    Hello fellow BYC members!
    I am new to the world of raising chickens...in fact, 1 day new. We just got 2 chicks yesterday (Ameracauna babies) and are so excited to begin our journey.
    Of course I already have a question for everyone -
    I know chicks have a tendency to peck each other as I've read about it. However, is it a factor that there are only 2 that it seems excessive? I thought we would ease into raising chickens and get some experience under our belt before adding, but if we should have more on the front end, I can do that.
    Any suggestions?
     
  2. chickenpooplady

    chickenpooplady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to BYC from Highland Co. Ohio!!! When chickens are bored, crowded, or lacing calcium they will peck off each others feathers (usually tail feathers). When a feather is pulled off there is a dot of blood left in its place. If the other chickens see the blood they will peck at it until the poor chicken is killed. My family has four chickens and they never pull each others feathers out but my uncle has 58 chickens the same age and they are always pecking at each other. So maybe they just do it when there are too many together. Hopefully your two will not do it! Good Luck!!!
     
  3. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    Welcome to BYC.
     
  4. chikenscratch

    chikenscratch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Welcome to BYC from Wisconsin!!!
     
  5. mkcolls

    mkcolls Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chicks peck to explore, know and remember their world. A red heat bulb can help, it is more difficult to spot the bright colors for them.

    Try placing something safe in their brooder, a rock or two, a branch, they don't have to be big, just something else to check out other than each other.

    Good luck and have fun.
     
  6. The Red Rooster

    The Red Rooster Poultry Observer

    Chicks often peck at each other because they are curious. Like mkcolls said, a red light can help with that.

    Welcome to BYC!
     
  7. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us.
     
  8. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and :welcome from Ohio. So glad you joined. :thumbsup
     
  9. dreamer5577

    dreamer5577 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi && Welcome!!!
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  10. glamrancher

    glamrancher New Egg

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    Thanks All for the advice! I'm going to try some distractions like rocks and hope 'Freckles' settles down a bit!
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