Someone please tell me why ?????

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by leslie0815, Nov 19, 2009.

  1. leslie0815

    leslie0815 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The first of Oct. I received 8 day old buff Orp. 4 feather legged bantams which turned out to be 1 bantam cochin, 1 silkie and 2 that I still am not sure of and 8 std cochins. I have them all in a very big cage lots of room, plenty of food and water, fresh air......for some reason the buff orp are killing all the feather legged bantams I am now down to 2 out of 4, and they have killed 3 of the std cochins........I thought buff orps were pretty docile. What is up with my chickies ?????? Please help me. I separated the buffs tonight but I still am at a loss for the reasoning of the killings from the Buff orps. Thanks for any ideas.......
    Leslie
     
  2. emys

    emys Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 19, 2008
    Idaho
    What are you doing for light? Is it a white light on constantly?
     
  3. firedove

    firedove Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 10, 2008
    Fitzwilliam NH
    Some chicks are just bad like that. As for Orps being docile birds, it's like any other animal. Personality will vary by the lines. While Wyandottes are generally docile birds I've heard of many people getting Wyandottes that were nasty, especially from hatcheries (though my hatchery Wyandottes are very sweet). You can't always judge an animal by it's breed.

    People have had some luck in separating nasty chicks with clear dividers and re-introducing them later into the group. It's also very important to stay vigilant. One bad peck that leads to blood can cause all the chicks to peck at the red spot, it's instinctive for them to peck at red (I'm not sure why). So if a chick starts to bleed it is in big danger of being pecked to death. Some chicks/chickens never get over the nasty nature even when they grow up and end up being good soup in the end.

    I hope your chicks grow out of it!
     
  4. leslie0815

    leslie0815 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am using a red heat light........
     
  5. emys

    emys Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 19, 2008
    Idaho
    Are the dead ones pecked and bloody or just squished?
     
  6. leslie0815

    leslie0815 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    pecked and bloody....[​IMG]
     
  7. emys

    emys Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 19, 2008
    Idaho
    Sorry, I don't know then. (Not a heat issue)
     
  8. leslie0815

    leslie0815 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you anyway.......
     
  9. wombat

    wombat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 23, 2009
    Are they too crowded?
     
  10. leslie0815

    leslie0815 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No, I have them in a very large rabbit hutch.....[​IMG]
     

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