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Hi All, We have 2 , 1 year  old hens that do not lay eggs. We think it's stress (they've witnessed fox attacks, coop and run now secure). We have three 15 week old pullets who are currently in a cage which they are quickly outgrowing. The 5 hens need to form a flock but one of the elder hens is aggressive and chases and pecks at the youngsters. What is the best way to unite them? They don't have the luxury of a huge amount of space. The run is about 15' by 15' and the coop sits in the run. Will the "High Hen" peck at and chase the Pullets no matter what and could she hurt them? Could the stress of her aggression lead to the Pullets not laying? We're really enjoying raising chickens but don't want 5 stressed hens that fight and don't lay eggs. 

Thanks for your advice :) We really need it. 

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Hi and welcome to BYC - glad that you have joined us. I'd suggest reading through the links below and deciding on a course of action that suits you and your situation the best.

 

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

 

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

 

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1069595/introducing-chicks-to-adults#post_16276224

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/introducing-new-chickens-using-the-see-but-don-t-touch-method

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1098683/introducing-new-chickens-to-old-flock#post_16895615

 

 

 

Best of luck

 

CT


Edited by CTKen - 5/13/16 at 9:19pm
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Welcome to BYC :frow Glad you joined the flock! CTKen posted links to some good resources for you, so I can't add anything except good luck! The chicken pecking order is not for the feint of heart, but they'll sort themselves out and hopefully give you loads of eggs soon.

 

“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” 

 

~ Shel Silverstein
 

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“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” 

 

~ Shel Silverstein
 

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Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

I set fire to the rain! Watch it pour as I, touched your face. Well it burn while I cried, because I heard it screaming out your name. And I threw us into flames. I knew that was the last time, the last time...I set fire to the rain! -Adele

 

Look at my flock page! http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/bantamfan4lifes-flock

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I set fire to the rain! Watch it pour as I, touched your face. Well it burn while I cried, because I heard it screaming out your name. And I threw us into flames. I knew that was the last time, the last time...I set fire to the rain! -Adele

 

Look at my flock page! http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/bantamfan4lifes-flock

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