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Pick on the babies

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by minna, Nov 1, 2008.

  1. minna

    minna Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 5 silver duckwing batams(1 roo) and 1 4 month old RIR in the big coop. 2 weeks ago when I got my new babies, I had to move my 4 week old babies out into the big coop, b/c i had no where else for them to go. The big chickens killed 1 of them within a few hrs. I ended up putting them in the transport cage with food and water for a day(in the middle of the coop) and trying again the next day. Lost 1 more, i decided it was mainly the roo, so I locked him up for a day. The next day, all was well and the pecking has ceased. My question is, how can i prevent this next time. I suggested to my husband that the bantams need their own coop, he is going to build one as soon as he has time, but time is not something he has a lot of. Any ideas? I have about 80 chicks that are 2 weeks old and they are going to have to come out of the brooder soon. hubby is going to build me a nursery pen inside the barn, but they can only stay there for so long also. Are my big chickens always going to pick on the little ones that bad. ?????
     
  2. Robin L

    Robin L Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is the way I did it and my opinion, ok? I put my babies in with the big girls from day one (hubby wont let them stay in the house) but they were in their area. Then when they were ready I made sure the babies had a place to hide from the big girls. They had everything they needed there. Now like I said this is just the way I did it, many will disagree with it. I hope things work out for you!
     
  3. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    My Coop
    Maybe a large dog crate or rabbit cage?
     

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