Paranoid?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by MattalynsBarn, Jun 25, 2010.

  1. MattalynsBarn

    MattalynsBarn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chicks are 5 days old and they're starting to try to fly. They're also running around really fast at random. I'm wondering, are they starting to work out the pecking order yet? Should I be worried or just let them be? what do I do if they're figuring out the pecking order and it gets a little violent...?
     
  2. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    You'll KNOW they're doing pecking order "stuff" when they start chest bumping one another...lol. It's kind of funny when they try to hold their head (neck stretched out) taller than the next guy... [​IMG] They're be some pecking, but it shouldn't get too rough. I wouldn't interfere unless feathers get plucked out or blood is drawn.
     
  3. MattalynsBarn

    MattalynsBarn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They're craning, bumping and pecking (a little) but I didn't think they'd start this early
     
  4. katdam

    katdam Chillin' With My Peeps

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    mine are 3 wks and are starting to do the tippy toes and chest bumping...its was soo funny watching them zipping here and there for no reason..i think some of them scared themselves with how fast they were able to go!!!![​IMG]
     
  5. JMPE

    JMPE Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As long as they have enough space they shouldn't get too rough.
     
  6. MattalynsBarn

    MattalynsBarn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Awww! but mine are only 5 DAYS... ugh I lost one yesterday so that's why I'm so concerned...
     
  7. TinyBirds

    TinyBirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mainly watch to be sure they aren't pecking each other's eyes. We had a batch once that spent too long in the mail and they were pecking each other's eyes by the time we got them. It was so sad (bloody eyes and some stuck shut). We had to put neosporin (sp?) on their eyes (recommended by an eye doctor) and most are fine now (only 1 has a bad eye out of 15 birds that had bloody eyes). Put something in there to distract them if possible. They like to eat crickets for example or if you put something shiny like a waterer for rabbits, they like to peck at it and it occupies their time doing something good (drinking water) instead of fighting. Are they warm enough? Usually they sleep a lot if they're warm. If it's too hot they'll be panting with their mouth's open.
     
  8. MattalynsBarn

    MattalynsBarn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It say too warm, but we've fixed that now. Today they're starting to fly. It's HILARIOUS!!!!
     
  9. MMPoultryFarms

    MMPoultryFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can toss grass clippings into there brooder to slow some of the pecking down Also use a red light, This helps if one gets picked and bleeds to mask the blood color and avoid cannabalism, or more wounds. Good luck..
     
  10. MattalynsBarn

    MattalynsBarn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a read light. I was just concerned that they now all hate each other. But looking at the mass pile of sleeping chicks I think they're fine. TY so much fro all your help, BYC people! [​IMG] [​IMG]
     

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