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Birds of a Feather, Not Flocking Together?!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by americanchicks, Nov 7, 2016.

  1. americanchicks

    americanchicks Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi all!
    After rehoming my aggressive PR and keeping the subordinate the flook is getting along fantastic. Its been about month now and there is no squabbles at all not even over food and water.[​IMG]


    Well our birds have not free ranged for almost that whole time. We put down grass seed and wanted it to take before letting them out. They have been out of the pen for the past 3 days in a row now and I have noticed something. April, the adult PR is not flocking with the other 9 youngsters. I mean she is in the far back yard by herself while the others are in the front. I was just wondering if they will eventually flock together or if April will just be the loaner.


    Thanks
     
  2. Folly's place

    Folly's place Overrun With Chickens

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    I'd relax and let things develop. She might find friends, or not. Usually hatchmates stick together, but not always. Mary
     
  3. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    Have no worries.......They understand pecking order better than we do.....She is happier doing her own thing.....I have one Speckled Sussex that was raised with my other Birds and she wanders around by herself to.......Plus my other 10 have little buddy groups that they prefer to be in.....



    Cheers!
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Reading your other thread, this was an integration of new younger birds into a 'flock' 2 older birds.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1137732/so-happy-my-flook-is-getting-along

    Not unusual at all for there to remain 2 distinct 'sub-flocks' in this situation, especially before the youngsters begin laying.
    They don't battle any more but will remain separate until the youngers begin laying, then there can be some changes in the pecking orders.
     

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