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I HAVE 5 VERY LOVING BUFF ORPINGTON CHICKENS WHO MEAN THE WORLD TO ME AND THEY ARE GETTING BEAT UP BY MY NEWEST ADDIONS,RED STAR CHICKENS. THEY ARE VERY NICE BUT ONLY ONE IS TAME. MY BUFFS ARE 6 TO 8 MONTHS OF AGE AND THE RED STARS ARE 6. WE THREW A COOP TOGETHER BUT IM AFRAID TO LET THEM FREE RANGE BECAUSE THEY MIGHT THING THEY HAVE EARNED THIER FREEDOM. HELP! I AM WORRIED TO DEATH!!!!!!!!!:hit


Edited by mylilhen777 - 4/19/16 at 5:25pm
I own a chicken farm with 22 chickens,Boo Boo,Blossom,Aussie,CoCo,Buttercup,Buffy,Duffy,Scruffy,Drumstick,Little Hen,Peanut,Almond,Treasure,Presicous,Molly,Reba,Buttermilk,Pickle,Wishbone,Lucky,Nugget,and Dee!!
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I own a chicken farm with 22 chickens,Boo Boo,Blossom,Aussie,CoCo,Buttercup,Buffy,Duffy,Scruffy,Drumstick,Little Hen,Peanut,Almond,Treasure,Presicous,Molly,Reba,Buttermilk,Pickle,Wishbone,Lucky,Nugget,and Dee!!
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Don't let the Buff Orpingtons free range.  As for the RSL's, your options are:

-Separate the Buffys from the Reds.

- Give away the Red Sex Links. Buy more and try again.

-Or the horrible option,

  butcher  the Reds.

 

I'm sorry but this is all the advice I have.

-Goofy

“You need to get yourself a better dictionary. When you do, look up “genocide”. You’ll find a little picture of me there, and the caption’ll read “Over my dead body.” -Tenth Doctor
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“You need to get yourself a better dictionary. When you do, look up “genocide”. You’ll find a little picture of me there, and the caption’ll read “Over my dead body.” -Tenth Doctor
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I HAVE 5 VERY LOVING BUFF ORPINGTON CHICKENS WHO MEAN THE WORLD TO ME AND THEY ARE GETTING BEAT UP BY MY NEWEST ADDIONS,RED STAR CHICKENS. THEY ARE VERY NICE BUT ONLY ONE IS TAME. MY BUFFS ARE 6 TO 8 MONTHS OF AGE AND THE RED STARS ARE 6. WE THREW A COOP TOGETHER BUT IM AFRAID TO LET THEM FREE RANGE BECAUSE THEY MIGHT THING THEY HAVE EARNED THIER FREEDOM. HELP! I AM WORRIED TO DEATH!!!!!!!!!:hit

How long have they been together? How long have they all been in the coop? How big is the coop (feet x feet, not "big" or "big enough for x amount of chickens)? I'm not sure what you mean by "afraid to let them free range because they might think they have earned their freedom." Are they in a run together? Again, how big? Do you have hiding places for them? Multiple feeders and watering stations? Is there blood being drawn? Honestly, if they have been in the coop long enough to recognize it as home, they will return to roost in the evenings. Free ranging may actually help, as it gives the BOs a chance to get away from the others. Crowded conditions are a common cause for bad habits. 


Edited by bobbi-j - 4/19/16 at 9:00pm

Chickens off and on for 25+ years and still learning.

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Chickens off and on for 25+ years and still learning.

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Pending feedback to some good questions asked by bobbi-j, you may wish to read these links, separate them and try again (assuming space is not the issue - 4 sq ft per bird in the coop).

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1015820/reintegration-by-supervised-visits#post_15742910

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/adding-to-your-flock

 

CT


Edited by CTKen - 4/19/16 at 8:58pm
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i seperated my birds and all is well:weee

I own a chicken farm with 22 chickens,Boo Boo,Blossom,Aussie,CoCo,Buttercup,Buffy,Duffy,Scruffy,Drumstick,Little Hen,Peanut,Almond,Treasure,Presicous,Molly,Reba,Buttermilk,Pickle,Wishbone,Lucky,Nugget,and Dee!!
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I own a chicken farm with 22 chickens,Boo Boo,Blossom,Aussie,CoCo,Buttercup,Buffy,Duffy,Scruffy,Drumstick,Little Hen,Peanut,Almond,Treasure,Presicous,Molly,Reba,Buttermilk,Pickle,Wishbone,Lucky,Nugget,and Dee!!
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:thumbsup

“You need to get yourself a better dictionary. When you do, look up “genocide”. You’ll find a little picture of me there, and the caption’ll read “Over my dead body.” -Tenth Doctor
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“You need to get yourself a better dictionary. When you do, look up “genocide”. You’ll find a little picture of me there, and the caption’ll read “Over my dead body.” -Tenth Doctor
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It might be that there was not enough space for the additional birds.

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