Bad Buff Orp??

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by catfishcow, Mar 19, 2018.

  1. catfishcow

    catfishcow Hatching

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    We have 4 hens in an urban-ish setting. They have a well built coop with a spacious run... I let them free range when I am at home. Our Buff Orpington has become quiet a nuisance recently. She has always been my loud, "bad" chicken, but lately several neighbors have commented on the noise. I have tried several different solutions- pine straw bales, lettuce, cabbages, even a swing (oh, the grief I caught for the that one). My guess is that she just wants to free range all the time & is going to make sure I know she is unhappy in the pen.

    My next move is to give her to a friend with a farm. I guess my question is how difficult would it be to introduce a new bird to our flock? And, could I introduce just one? I would worry their run would begin to get too crowded.

    Any breed suggestions that do well in confinement in Birmingham, AL (read- HOT summers, usually mild winters). We have 2 Dominiques and 1 Easter Egger as well.
     
  2. andreanar

    andreanar Crowing

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    Its extremely hard to integrate just 1 chicken to a flock. It can be done, but its not easy. In my experience, its been a slooowww and annoying process to intro chickens.
     
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  3. The Phantom

    The Phantom I love birds!!!

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    I call my two orps. Double and Trouble. They are the lowest of my girls pecking order but super nice
     
  4. catfishcow

    catfishcow Hatching

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    My buff was definitely the boss in our coop.... but she was so skittish and unfriendly, which seems to go against their general breed description. I guess they are animals and all have their own personalities.
     
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  5. Lifewithchicks

    Lifewithchicks Chirping

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    I have one sweet angel buff that’s like a dog and one that acts more like a rooster and she is also the flock leader. I think their behavior depends on their spot in the pecking order.
     

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