Originally Posted by COChix
Originally Posted by aart
I decided today to take down the partition wall and force the issue...hopefully I won't regret it, but I figured it's better they get used to each other now than wait until they are older and bigger. One hen was pacing the wall this morning, and the chicks usually 'hide' behind the wall most the day.
Will be interesting to see what happens. I distracted them with mowing(chicks didn't like THAT) and the bestowal of some grass clippings in the runs.
One hen went to small run(the pacer from earlier..and often bulliest to chicks) but saw no problems.
Nice, how did your day end up with those babies. Any issues?
It was a good move, wish I had done it days ago. This morning everything seems pretty calm, no dead bodies or havoc happening.
It's so interesting to watch their behaviors.
Bigs came into small run to gleefully excavate 'new' ground, which forced chicks to share space with them and made more room(fewer bigs) in main run so some chicks were exploring much farther than before in there. Bigs were eager to use chicks waterer and feeder, a couple chicks are juuust big enough to reach main feeder, I added a 3rd waterer and there's already 3 feed stations. Chicks definitely got their share of pecks and feints, many bursts of scrambling and flight. Big bully grabbed a few and hung on but didn't pursue and there were no injuries or overt beatings that I could see. There's been some dissension in a subgroup of the bigs, not sure what that's about but it's been going on for a awhile, 2 or 3 of them wing flapping feet up fighting, Woody can usually put a stop to it pretty quick. They all went to roost just fine as they have been..... funny the chicks have spent most of their days behind the partition or in the small run, but come over into main coop to roost on extra temporary roost, where they barely fit, even tho the roost in the partition area is 2 feet longer with a poop board under it.
We shall see what ensues today. Couple of really rainy days forecast Tu&W that may keep them coop bound, that could be stressful...lol.
6x16' coop is crowded with 15 adults and 15 six wo's......30sqft of poop boards and 500sqft of run sure helps that out, but still-it's tight IMO.
Hoop coop build starts today. Re-banding of chicks, with cockerel ID's in place, happens this week. Cockerels and hoop coop leaving site within a couple weeks.
May build another hoop coop to stay here, will ease the population pressure and start the fall sorting/culling process of older birds.