Why are my big chickens still piccking on the little ones?!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by MKKimmen, Aug 29, 2010.

  1. MKKimmen

    MKKimmen In the Brooder

    Our 6 month old Chickens still are pecking a gang up on our 3 month old chickens! They have been in the coop together now for over a month. The 3 month old ones are fenced off inside with chicken wire to keep them separate from the older ones but to where they can still interact and see each other, but every time we try to let them out to be together the older ones kind of attack and gang up on and peck the little ones still! How long is this going to last?!

  2. DAFox

    DAFox Songster

    Nov 7, 2009
    SW MO in Vernon Co
    It will last until they are the same size. Don't put them together until the younger ones are at least 4 months old. Then, don't interfere unless there is blood. The females will work out the pecking order. On the other hand if you are trying to introduce Roos...I only do it away from the hens and with plenty of supervision and a garden hose.
    Good luck,
  3. 4 luv of eggs

    4 luv of eggs Songster

    Apr 22, 2010
    Westminster, MD
    Mine still do the same thing. My 22 week olds still pick on my 16 week olds. My one production red is losing her tail feathers. They seem to pick on her the most. I just wish they'd stop.
  4. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

    May 13, 2008
    It's called a pecking order, it's just their way and it will continue until it's worked out, don't freak just yet until there is blood then seperate again. I know that's always a hassle.

  5. MKKimmen

    MKKimmen In the Brooder

    So I should put them together then?

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