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Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by jeffrey f, Dec 4, 2018.
Sounds like you have a nice flock there.
Thanks everyone you’ve been a big big help thank you thank you thank you
Love my babys
I have around 300 birds right now and I know how you feel. I have one that is special because she has a crossed beak and should have been culled as a chick but was missed. She is almost 3 years old now so I can't.
chicken math has begun!!
They're not going to fit in that crate for long, but nice find-it will come in handy.
Would be better if you could section off part of the run and make it weather proof or if not weather prof more space for them to run around. Not sure your coop is big enough for 14 birds.
Here's some tips on....
It's all about territory and resources(space/food/water).
Existing birds will almost always attack new ones to defend their resources.
Understanding chicken behaviors is essential to integrating new birds into your flock.
Confine new birds within sight but physically segregated from older/existing birds for several weeks, so they can see and get used to each other but not physically interact.
In adjacent runs, spread scratch grains along the dividing mesh, best if mesh is just big enough for birds to stick their head thru, so they get used to eating together.
The more space, the better. Birds will peck to establish dominance, the pecked bird needs space to get away. As long as there's no copious blood drawn and/or new bird is not trapped/pinned down and beaten unmercilessly, let them work it out. Every time you interfere or remove new birds, they'll have to start the pecking order thing all over again.
Multiple feed/water stations. Dominance issues are most often carried out over sustenance, more stations lessens the frequency of that issue.
Places for the new birds to hide 'out of line of sight'(but not a dead end trap) and/or up and away from any bully birds. Roosts, pallets or boards leaned up against walls or up on concrete blocks, old chairs tables, branches, logs, stumps out in the run can really help. Lots of diversion and places to 'hide' instead of bare wide open run.
I take them out of the Tote during the day and at night I’ve been putting the tote and for them to sleep been seems to be working really good thank you everybody
Poor thing! How does she drink?
She has a small bucket of water and manages. She eats crumbles. She's spoiled.
Nice! All I can say is, I'm jealous.