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Why are my 2 week old chicks pecking each other?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by lilywall, May 1, 2017.

  1. lilywall

    lilywall In the Brooder

    Apr 29, 2017
    I'm new to chickens and I have recently purchased 3 orphington chicks two buff and one black. My two buff chickens have been picking on my black and have been pecking her. Is this normal?

  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - thanks for joining us.

    It maybe that you brooder is a little small and / or lacks distractions. Here's a link on a search that I have just done that may help - https://www.backyardchickens.com/newsearch?search=chick+toys

    These links may be interesting to you:

    You'll find lots of info in the Learning Centre - https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center and if you have a specific topic in mind, just type it in the search box - there's a wealth of information on past and present threads.

    You may wish to consider joining your state thread as it will put you in touch with other BYC members in your area - https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/270925/find-your-states-thread#post_3239224

    All the best
  3. lilywall

    lilywall In the Brooder

    Apr 29, 2017
    Thank you! The distraction way really works well!
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    [​IMG] Chicks and chickens love to peck at things. They don't have hands so test everything with their beaks. Give them some toys to keep them occupied. They like to explore a real tree branch and will practice roosting on it. You could cut both ends off a shoe box, and turn it upside down to make a tunnel. Give them a small, brightly colored ball to push around.
  5. Sunny-Side Up

    Sunny-Side Up Turn towards the sun & the shadows fall behind you Premium Member

    May 1, 2017
    When chicks start to get older, they figure out the pecking order.
    It might just be that, or it could be that they're bored or have too little space.
    If you notice any blood, you'll want to make sure to prevent cannibalism
    by putting in a red light or separating them.
  6. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under lilywall [​IMG] Welcome & Congratulations!

    As you have already received links to some good starting points and some good advice, I will just wish you all the best.

    I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun.

    If you would like to share pictures and stories of your flock, you have come to the right place. BYC’ers never tire of these and do not back away slowly or commence eye rolling when the photo album or home videos come out [​IMG]
  7. lilywall

    lilywall In the Brooder

    Apr 29, 2017
    [​IMG] Is this good? or do I need a bigger box?
    Last edited: May 2, 2017

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