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Advice needed...Integration not going well

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Manda07, Mar 21, 2013.

  1. Manda07

    Manda07 Out Of The Brooder

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    Here is our situation. 5 weeks ago we got 4 day old chicks. One turned out to be a roo so we went back to the lady we got the chicks from and got another pullet from the same hatch date. The new girl was brooded with about 20 others while our 4 grew up in our living room in a large dog crate. The size difference is incredible. The new girl is half their size and one of ours in particular is quite hard on her. We have the new girl in a smaller cage butted up to the big one and gave them time together when we were here to supervise. It's almost been a week and they are still not getting along and now she wont eat or drink when she is in the big cage. :( ugh. She seems so lonely and the first few days she tried to be friends with the bigger girls, 2 ignored her, one hates and trys to hurt her and the roo is half and half, sometimes he chases her and other times he lets her lay with him. Now she just sits on the roost bar alone so they leave her be. I feel like her bravery is gone. Someone down the road has similar aged chicks for sale, should we get her a buddy if they are close in size and try to integrate in a few weeks when she catches up to them in size? Should we just leave her in with the giants ? I just dont know where to go from here.
     
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    Manda07 Out Of The Brooder

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    Manda07 Out Of The Brooder

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    [​IMG] my husband trying to make them like eachother lol
     
  4. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    ID dominant chick. House with small chick separately from other for two days. Make certain they are in location elder does not recognize during this time. Bigger chick and little one should bond during this time. Then introduce balance to the newly bonded pair, not otherway around. Introduced birds will have to contend with dominant bird keeping them putting too much effort into the smallest one.
     

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