This is not going very well...any ideas?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Yardbirds286, Jun 5, 2010.

  1. Yardbirds286

    Yardbirds286 Songster

    Jan 7, 2009
    Western Mass
    My 2 4 week old BR's are velociraptors! I have one larger brooder with the two BR's on one side and my 2 week old BO's on the other separated by hardware cloth. They have been looking at each other through the screen for weeks now so I thought I would try to get them acquainted. OH BOY! The big BR's went after them like mad! It went on for about 30 min and the divider went back up. The BO's are so sweet, and quiet. They jump up on my hands and love to hang out with you. The BR's are loaded with personality, but will take your hands off for yogurt, or grapes. They hate being held, but are very lovable girls with each other. Will these guys ever get along? Does anyone else have these two breeds together with any problems? They are very different in size right now and I am assuming that is part of the problem. The BR's are just way more boisterous and aggressive. Am I worried for no reason? You can get an idea of the size difference in this pic.

  2. elmo

    elmo Crowing

    May 23, 2009
    The only idea I have is to keep them separate until the size difference evens out.
  3. dappertophatter

    dappertophatter Songster

    Mar 1, 2008
    The Jersey Shore
    They'll get along, don't worry. It's just that the big girls are bigger, and they consider the brooder their territory now- once you stick 'em all in the coop when they get a bit older they'll squabble a bit and then be best friends for life. It's worse than watching kids fight, isn't it? [​IMG]

    Oh yeah- the screen is a really good idea! I did that too- worked out nicely.
    Last edited: Jun 5, 2010
  4. Yardbirds286

    Yardbirds286 Songster

    Jan 7, 2009
    Western Mass
    It was awful to watch! I have a 3X6 brooder and the big girls ran the BO's down and just pecked at them until they were huddled together in the corner behind their water. Then the biggest BR went for my little Lucy who is the smallest BO and pulled out a mouth full of feathers from her back. She screamed! I could not stand it a second longer. The little ones are all ok now, happy and peeping away eating their little hearts out. I think they are saying C'mon girls we have to catch up the those biggins over there." LOL Aren't BO larger as adults anyway?

    BTW Dappertophatter, my dad (RIP)was a lifeguard on the Jersey Shore back in the 60's
    Last edited: Jun 5, 2010
  5. CheepSunglasses

    CheepSunglasses Songster

    Apr 3, 2009
    These little ones are way too young to put with adult hens. The rule of thumb is to wait until the youngsters stop peeping and start sounding like adults before mixing them. If they are too young, the big girls will often kill them.
  6. WhetzelMomma

    WhetzelMomma Songster

    Sep 8, 2009
    My BR did this to chicks their same size when they were little. They all live together now, but they took after the lighter colored chicks something FIERCE!!
    Now look at them.
    I bet waiting until they are older will help. I know it did with mine.
  7. downstownlady

    downstownlady Songster

    Apr 28, 2010
    Conroe, TX
    I have EE's, BR's, BO's & GS's...the EE's and BR's seem to be the bossiest of the 4 with the EE's coming in first. Mine are only 12 days old, so I don't have much advice, except to say I hate seeing them squabble too...I am just so relieved my kids don't have beaks! ARRGH!!!
  8. Morgan7782

    Morgan7782 Dense Egg Goo

    Mar 22, 2010
    Sacramento CA
    Thank you for posting this! I will be going through something similar with my 10 week old BR and EE so glad to have this post heh
  9. Yardbirds286

    Yardbirds286 Songster

    Jan 7, 2009
    Western Mass
    Quote:Oh I don't have any adult hens. Mine are all still peeping. They are 4 weeks and 2 weeks. But the BR's are HUGE!

    This is the smaller girl Stripes, Lacey is a full inch taller and heavier!

    I am glad to here that they will get along eventually. Those picks are encouraging! [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jun 5, 2010
  10. katdam

    katdam Chirping

    May 19, 2010
    i have a 1 wk old EE and several 4 day old chicks in the of my BR (4days old) will not leave my EE alone....pecking her feet, her eyes, her back when she lays down..i had to take my EE out, wrap her in her favorite blanket so she could sleep!!! the BR has calmed down some but i was shocked that the younger chick was beating the older chick up!!!

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