RIR/White Leghorn Mix hen killed Araucana Chick?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by TheSawyerFlock, Sep 9, 2010.

  1. TheSawyerFlock

    TheSawyerFlock In the Brooder

    Aug 16, 2010
    Rochester, NY
    I recently bought 4 19-week old RIR/WLH to start laying eggs while I wait for my 7-week old Easter Eggers to begin laying. The laying hens were definitely intimidating the little ones, chasing them around the run every once in a while and sometimes pecking at them but since they never broke the skin and the littler ones were good at getting away, I left them together. We came home a few nights ago and one of the Aracaunas was dead in the middle of the run. No sign of blood or fighting. I am new to raising chickens - should these ages not be put together? Should I separate the three remaining pullets from the laying hens? Since this has happened, we've not gotten any eggs at all. I don't want to lose any more of them! Any suggestions? Thanks!
  2. Judy

    Judy Crowing Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    No way to be sure, of course, but I'd say there is a good chance the older ones killed the chick.


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