Older chickens killing younger?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by meghanraes, Jan 12, 2015.

  1. meghanraes

    meghanraes New Egg

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    I am incubating I have hatched around 15 chickens some were about two weeks older and I put The newly hatched in with them I had one of the newest ones die yesterday and the other one looks like it's dying as well. Could the older chicks be packing and are stopping it to death? I I thought them only being week or two apart that they would not injur one another
     
  2. William1hens

    William1hens Out Of The Brooder

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    I would say the older chicks are killing the younger ones.Its their natural instinct to get more food for themselves.you either have to seperate them or have more smaller chicks than bigger.
    Good luck[​IMG]
     
  3. meghanraes

    meghanraes New Egg

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    Thanks I am saddened by this :( I should have known :( there is no blood so how do they kill them ? Stomping them? They are not big in size all just 3/4 weeks old
     
  4. William1hens

    William1hens Out Of The Brooder

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    They could stomp on them but they probably are pecking the chicks head.Just the impact is enough to kill a chick without any blood.
    Even though the older chicks are only two weeks older there is a huge size difference because the grow so fast.
     
  5. meghanraes

    meghanraes New Egg

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    K thanks William both the youngest died :( I will be putting newborns in separate container when they hatch today.
     
  6. BonRae67

    BonRae67 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry that happened. Thanks for sharing so that others can learn too.
     

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