What should I do..not sure

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Rufflemyfeathers, Dec 1, 2008.

  1. Rufflemyfeathers

    Rufflemyfeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a total of 14 chicks few days old # 14 little on runt side and and small legs were weak but all better now so kept separate couple days from others for so small and was lame at time but now today I tried putting in for little while with other chicks in brooder pen and it right away started pecking on all the other chicks..so back to its on broody pen it went so I thought would just take one of he smaller ones out of the broody with 13 in with it and still pecking on the other chick..I was afraid they would peck on it but it is other way around.
     
  2. birdsofparadise

    birdsofparadise Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The bird ainʻt right. What I mean is that it has a developmental problem and may even be in pain. When confronted by other chicks, it gets defensive and starts to attack before they can gang up on it. Sounds like a prison movie, doesnʻt it.

    Bottom line is that it will never fit in and probably will never develop fully. Give it a little more time and then decide if you want to keep it or cull it.
     
  3. Rufflemyfeathers

    Rufflemyfeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I want it with the batch it hatched with, I may be wrong but I am thinking of leaving the chick with them so everyone gets use to one another..I have noticed others peck at each other so hope once it is use to them it will calm down some..what does anyone think??
     
  4. Chicken Woman

    Chicken Woman Incredible Egg

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    I would put them all together. They will figure out the pecking order on there own. Mother nature has a way of handling these things and we may get in the way sometimes.
     
  5. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:I agree. If they're not drawing blood let them sort it out. They have to work out their pecking order and human interference is only going to delay that process.
    Please be sure your little runt is not denied access to food and water. That's what my larger chicks did to my runt. A good argument for always having two feeders and waterers available, no matter the flock size.
     
  6. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Its probably a roo.
     
  7. Rufflemyfeathers

    Rufflemyfeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes about an hour ago I decided to just put it in with all and say heck with it ..it is pretty calm in there now and it is getting food and water..maybe by morning all will be smoothed out with them all.
     
  8. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:Not necessarily. My meanest chick also was tough enough to survive a trip in the dog's mouth.
    She has remained my bossiest hen.
     
  9. Rufflemyfeathers

    Rufflemyfeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG][​IMG] Update..after putting the runt chick that was little lame and not anymore in with all the others overnite...this morning all is fine..it is not be aggressive toward others any longer or them to it.. [​IMG][​IMG]
     
  10. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Glad to hear everything's okay. They usually work it out. We just have to let them do it. [​IMG]
     

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