Any problems with neighboring flocks?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Eric in NC, Jan 6, 2009.

  1. Eric in NC

    Eric in NC Out Of The Brooder

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    I am building a coop and run for spring chicks. The place I want to build it is close to my neighbor's small flock (8 hens 1 roo - Barrred Rocks).

    Will having the two flocks close together cause any issues (if I end up with a rooster will they constantly crow at each other?).

    I am aware of the possible disease transmission due to the close proximity but am asking about behaviour type problems.

    Thanks
     
  2. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have a closed flock, and two properties down a neighbor has free-rangers. Occasionally they wander in, or a local ring neck pheasant named Bluster will dance for my hens. I suspect him of making one broody! But because of the hardware cloth on the run and the topography of our land I can manage all right. I wouldn't have wanted to free-range my birds anyway and his will be gone before winter because of predation. Ahem .

    I do treat my perimeters vigorously with food-grade diatomaceous earth to keep lice and mites from these and wild birds out of my run.
     
  3. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

    Jul 11, 2008
    How close is close ?? Will they be able to get to each other ??
     
  4. Enchanted Sunrise Farms

    Enchanted Sunrise Farms Overrun With Chickens

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    i think you would have problems. i have several small flocks, some standards and two different bantam groups. i let them out to free-range when i am there to supervise, but on alternate occasions - big girls one day, little girls the next day. Every single time i have a group out, there are always one or more that go up to the cage of enclosed chickens and pick a fight. Hackles flared, bouncing up and down, acting like fools - and i have all hens. i personally think having two groups housed within eyeshot would be bad for their stress levels.
     
  5. Eric in NC

    Eric in NC Out Of The Brooder

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    They will be about 50 feet apart - both confined so that is as close as they will be able to get - within sight/hearing/smell but no physical interaction or contact.
     

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