Pulley has it out for one chick..

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by gibsosyd, Jun 21, 2017.

  1. gibsosyd

    gibsosyd In the Brooder

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    So, here's a little back story: Dexter, my eldest, about 13 wks old hasn't had it easy. She was hatched with another chick and they were best friends. The chick sadly was snagged by a hawk. Got another chick a few weeks later and Dexter acted like a mother to it..sadly it had the same fate about 3 weeks later. I learned my lesson and haven't gotten chicks until recently now that I have a chicken run. Dexter is a survivor and poor thing has PTSD I'm sure. I digress- I hatched two chicks in my incubator almost 4 weeks ago. I introduced Dexter to them thinking she would take to them like she did the last one but nope. One of the chicks (buff Orpington) doesn't bother her at all, but the Easter egger chick she really has it out for. Like she will literally go out of her way to peck the poor baby and chase it, not giving one thought to the other chick.. Why would she be doing this? And how can I transition them smoothly? Both the chicks and I are tiring of the brooder lol. Sorry for the long post but any insight will help
     
  2. Sublight

    Sublight Songster

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    Have you tried putting the babies in a small pen just so they can see each other but the older one cant bet the baby up? Mabe they can get used to each other, while staying safe.
     
  3. gibsosyd

    gibsosyd In the Brooder

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    That's what I've been doing. I'm hoping they start to get along soon
     

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