Bad Buff Orp??

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

  1. catfishcow

    catfishcow Hatching

    Mar 19, 2018
    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

    May 16, 2014
    Finger Lakes, NY
    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!!!

    Jan 9, 2017
    SE Wisconsin
    I call my two orps. Double and Trouble. They are the lowest of my girls pecking order but super nice
  4. catfishcow

    catfishcow Hatching

    Mar 19, 2018
    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

    Mar 11, 2018
    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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