Too much pecking

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by nwe319, Apr 19, 2012.

  1. nwe319

    nwe319 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 16, 2012
    North Carolina
    Hey guys, I currently have 5 chicks in the brooder, an assortment of breeds, but they have been together since birthand are now a dayover 3 weeks. The problem is I got 2,day old Americaunas and I noticed the Black Australorp (3 weeks old) constantly pecked at the new Americaunas. Is there any way I can curb this behavior? Thanks!
  2. sunny & the 5 egg layers

    sunny & the 5 egg layers Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 29, 2011
    Add shiny, more interesting things to your brooder. Add a mirror, or a tin can. My birds personal favorite is the thermometer. Every chick I have brooded in my brooder insists on pecking my thermometer until it falls down and then they all pile on top of it and "Peck, Peck, Peck" at it all day long. I think they like the bright red thermometer needle inside of it.

    Good Luck with your birds.
  3. Davian

    Davian Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 8, 2010
    Vermont, USA
    Shiny objects, a bell, maybe a quarter head of cabbage for them to peck.

    More space perhaps?
  4. Fierlin1182

    Fierlin1182 powered-flight

    Aug 26, 2011
    I've heard that when chicks peck, it's a space issue. I agree with hanging something shiny up, but perhaps you could also make another compartment for the smaller chicks, with a small hole that only they can get through? That way, they can escape, if need be. :)
  5. nwe319

    nwe319 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 16, 2012
    North Carolina
    Hey guys, thanks for the responses and ideas. I honestly do not think it is space, they have tons of it. I will try the shiny objects and mirror.

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