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post #11 of 14
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I blocked the nesting boxes after they had all laid their eggs and opened them at 6:30 the next morning (they last eggs between 8 and 2). Did that for two days, and now she is over it.

Not sure whether she was almost over it anyways or the blockage of the boxes helped.

He comb has pretty much healed.

The aggressor is still separate, I'm going to wait a few more days to introduce her.



Their coop and run is not huge, but i think the size is OK. I do open the run during the day, so they can free range. With the ground covered with snow they don't do it much, though. Only during the last week when it had melted a little bit.

I'll update this once i reintroduce the aggressive hen. Or when encountering more trouble.
post #12 of 14
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Originally Posted by nirtak View Post

I blocked the nesting boxes after they had all laid their eggs and opened them at 6:30 the next morning (they last eggs between 8 and 2). Did that for two days, and now she is over it.

Not sure whether she was almost over it anyways or the blockage of the boxes helped.

He comb has pretty much healed.

The aggressor is still separate, I'm going to wait a few more days to introduce her.



Their coop and run is not huge, but i think the size is OK. I do open the run during the day, so they can free range. With the ground covered with snow they don't do it much, though. Only during the last week when it had melted a little bit.

I'll update this once i reintroduce the aggressive hen. Or when encountering more trouble.


Good to hear she is healing up! Hopefully they just had a bit of cabin fever because the snow was keeping them in and they will play nice now. I do think free ranging helps immensely with flock quarrels so it's good that you can do that...

post #13 of 14
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I forgot to update. The reintroduction went smoothly. No more aggression. I can't figure out the new pecking order, though.
Thank you, everyone!
post #14 of 14
Ive had chickens for 2..3 years one of them lol. I rarely know the pecking order. I usually even tho i know i shouldnt just toss the newbies in with the flock and let them sort it out...rifht about the time they have the pecking order i add more. My last 3 new batches however since i got them at stages like teens and under i made sure to keep them seperate till they were somewhat the same size right now they have full range of my hole backyard as were redoing the pen (minus being able to get into the dog pen) i have one more batch to introduce but ill wait till the pens done to do so.
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