In the Brooder
- Jul 14, 2014
My babies are 5/6 weeks old, fully feathered and small. My older girls are approx 18/20 weeks old. When I moved the chicks from the laundry room to the coop about a week ago, I put them in our chicken jail. It's 8x3' and is under our nesting boxes. During the day I've been letting the big girls out if the coop, during the chicken for and letting the babies have the run of the coop. So far any time I've tried to let them all play together(I've been there to supervise), it seems like the roo and the guineas push them around, herd them into a corner, flap their wings a lot and sometimes peck at them. The babies retreat to a sheltered spot and I put them back in jail where I feel they are safer. Am I just disturbing the pecking order establishing routine? I'd like to have the babies be able to come out of jail but I don't want them to get hurt.