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Adding 3 pullets to existing flock of 4. I'm at witt's end!!!

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I have 4 one- year old hens. 2 welsummers and 2 columbian wyandottes.  They are best buds.  They are housed in a coop, ~20 sq feet, w/ a ~ 50 sq feet run, with access to a free ranging area of about 20 feet by 30 feet.  

 

The new chicks are about 2 months old.  They have been with the hens now for about a month, and it's STILL not going well.  They are so mean to my new babies.  They won't let them roost in the coop, even though there is plenty of space.  Every night either 4 of the hens are on the roost in the coop, with the 3 chicks on the roost in the run, or vice versa.  So, every night I go out and put the hens or the chicks in the coop.  Much squacking is going on, with the big girls pecking the heck out of the little girls.  I just don't know what to do any more.  Any advice, please?

 

thanks gloria

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You have some serious space issues, that are contributing to tension. The coop is just big enough for 4 adults. Adding in 4 more birds, and it is now WAY too small for all of them. And they are telling you. Your run is also way too small, unless they have access to that free range area all day, every day.

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You have some serious space issues, that are contributing to tension. The coop is just big enough for 4 adults. Adding in 4 more birds, and it is now WAY too small for all of them. And they are telling you. Your run is also way too small, unless they have access to that free range area all day, every day.

Ditto Dat^^^!

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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