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Chicken Question :0)
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MJ in SC    Posted 08-07-2004 at 05:55:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Good Morning!
I have a chicken question.

I was given two 8-10 week old chickens (pullet and rooster) I put them out in "The Chick Inn" and they seem to be doing fine with the others (two hens and rooster) except that the older bunch doesn't like them outside in their chicken yard. They aren't hurting them. It's just when they step outside for just awhile and move away from the opening, the older bunch moves toward them and they run back inside the inn (coop). Will they settle in and be ok? I just got the two newbies Monday and they have gone from roosting on the floow, to the first rung to the top rung (with the other chickens) already.

Just wondering. I have 7 Dominque babies that I plan on putting out there when they get some size on them. I don't want anyone hurt.
My plan was to allow the hens to set and hatch their own, but with the snake problem and losing a hen, I was afraid to let another set. These chicks are THEIR chicks, but were hatched in an incubator.

Thanks for any input!

KellyGa    Posted 08-07-2004 at 09:35:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
They'll be fine. My buffs didn't like my sussex at first either. Nobody got hurt, but it sure seemed like somebody was going to for a while. Its just the order of things. Whoever was there first gets first eats, first everything. A 'pecking' order as they say. ;)

Mine have settled down, but you can tell who rules the roost. The buffs will always be boss because they were there first. They will work it out. I wouldn't worry too much. Also, mine all roost together at night on one bar, and they don't argue at all at night, and during the day now, they mingle some, but mostly stick to their two groups. I imagine after the sussex mature it will get even better.

PS...I wasn't thinking    Posted 08-07-2004 at 09:38:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
8 to 10 week olds are too young to go with full grown ones, I would build a seperate enclosure, say a covered run for the little ones until they are at least 31/2 to four months old and can hold their own against the grown ones. Wasn't thinking about the age. I would keep them seperate for now. KellyGa

DigitalMat    Posted 08-07-2004 at 07:11:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
This is where the term "pecking order" comes from. It's a constant competition. Until the chicks are big enough to fend for themselves, it will be a fight for survival. Sorry....

Barry Bechtel    Posted 08-07-2004 at 06:12:19       [Reply]  [Send Email]
They can and will kill them be careful.I lost a whole set of chicks once I even had the mother with them.The others would kill the chicks

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