Another pecking order question

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Inspektor, Dec 8, 2015.

  1. Inspektor

    Inspektor Out Of The Brooder

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    We have 2 5wk old orpingtons and one 7wk old sussex. For our "adult" flock we have a 6mo old rooster and 2 silkie hens about 1.5yrs old. We got our baby chicks a week and a half ago, and a created a cage out of a plastic tote and put it in the henhouse with the adults. At first the adult would not go in unless they were going to lay. I had to coax them in at night. About 2 days ago they started to go in by themselves at night. Is this a sign that the baby chicks are slowly becoming part of the flock? So today we put the chicks in the run and left the adults inside the coop. After an hour we let the adults come out and take a look see. They all looked at each other kind of how dogs do. Everyone parted ways but i noticed only one of my adult hens was pecking any chick that got too close. She never targeted "just because" Some of it was instigated bc the chicks started to fly about. Is this becoming a good sign with more time or is this going to completely blow up in my face. I have pics in some of my albums so you all can see my set up.
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    It's normal for adult birds to peck any young one that is in it's space or doesn't move out of the way, so I wouldn't be concerned unless someone is being chased down. Sounds like things are going well.
     
  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Agreed. The little ones are being taught basic chicken manners by the adult. It can all seem a bit harsh from a human point of view, but thats how chicken society works. As long as there's no blood being drawn, i'd say all is well. Having a couple of feeding stations will help lower pecking and give the little ones an opportunity to eat.

    CT
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    A 6 months old male is a cockerel, not an 'adult' cock/rooster until a year old.

    Curious as to how your adult silkies get along with the 6mo cockerel?
     
  5. Inspektor

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    Oh wow. Didn't not know there was a difference when it came down to age. They don't mind him one bit. They follow him everywhere he goes, and he let's them know he is in charge. And our cockerel is a silkie as well. Maybe that's why they get along so well
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Well, wondered when you got the cockerel...and how quickly he was accepted by the hens.
    Usually hen kick the butt of young cockerels for quite awhile before they accept them.
     
  7. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    I have found hens are so desperate for a rooster that they will accept them quickly, especially if they haven't had a rooster and are a bit older.
     
  8. Inspektor

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    Aart,
    Our cockerel we let our silkie hen hatch
     

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