Run for 1 month old chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by susanland12, Mar 28, 2017.

  1. susanland12

    susanland12 Just Hatched

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    A month ago I hatched 20 eggs in an incubator from fertile eggs I collected from my adult hens. I tried initially to allow one of the hens to hatch the eggs but before they could have she kicked them all over the floor of the coop and broke many. I wound up hatching 20 Chicks from fertile eggs from these hens. Now the babies are a month old and I made a run inside the big run where the adults are. I just found one of the babies with its tail ripped off..dead. looks like a hen grabbed it through the wire. Another chick was injured but seems ok. Is this normal?
     
  2. eggbert420

    eggbert420 Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    Its best to keep them separated for a while.
     
  3. susanland12

    susanland12 Just Hatched

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    I thought having a separate run would be enough but I guess not
     
  4. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    If you are using regular Chicken wire? You will need smaller gaged wire mesh to keep the Chicks safe....:(


    Cheers !
     
  5. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

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    Take a picture of the setup. There are lots of predators that like chicken and little ones are much more at risk than adults. If there is a hole big enough for a quarter to pass through, it's big enough for a rat to get in, for example. Opossum can get through 2x4 welded wire and dog kennel panels. Raccoons have pretty long arms and will reach through chicken wire... It's true that a hen might be to blame but it's more likely to have been a predator.
     
  6. susanland12

    susanland12 Just Hatched

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    Well I have discovered that thereally must be a bully in the flock of chicks. I have five more with bloody spots on their backsides. I separated them but I need to take the bully out. Watching for the one who is beating up on the others
     
  7. susanland12

    susanland12 Just Hatched

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    Does this mean they are too crowded?
     
  8. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    Yep...And what are they eating?
     
  9. susanland12

    susanland12 Just Hatched

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    Chick starter
     
  10. susanland12

    susanland12 Just Hatched

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    Cracked corn and fresh veggies that I cut up into little pieces
     

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