Both flocks attack her ....

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by snow5164, Aug 13, 2018.

  1. snow5164

    snow5164 Crowing

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    I have combined my rir and my Columbia cross successfully. Out of the 22 , one Rhode Island is getting chased and jumped from both flocks , rooster we got rid of.

    I removed her, for 3 days to check her out she had soft poop, she ate , drank and her posture changed , not slouched over.Had her in kennel in coop , let her out , both sides attacked .

    We have 16 week old pullets in another coop, put her in a holding pen ( 20x20 feet)for 2 weeks , let one pullet in, then two , went ok . Two days later they’re chasing her pulling feathers out , she’s twice their size ! The little rooster grabbed her by the neck !!

    Question ... if everyone’s picking on her and she’s scared and screaming , (now she has mites from hiding in corners all day , not dust bathing ) can this ever work for her ??? It’s been over a month and I’m ready to be done
     
  2. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Crowing

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    When you pulled her out, did the other flocks calm down? If so, for what ever reason, this bird is not fitting in with the flock, and in my experience, probably never will. You have tried what I would recommend, getting her a couple of friends... and that did not work.

    If she is young and laying, she might work better in someone else's flock. Always solve for the peace of the flock, some birds just do not work.

    Mrs K
     
  3. snow5164

    snow5164 Crowing

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    Yes , both flocks are getting along well without her .. strangest thing I’ve ever seen, no one likes her ... thanks for your advice
     
  4. Nats Chickens

    Nats Chickens Crowing

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    Give her to a friend with a small, calm, comfortable backyard flock.
     
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  5. Shamo Hybrid

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    Reminds me of high school. You see, there was this odd girl who everyone surmise was poor as she dressed in somewhat raggedy attire (think Punky Brewster, but this was in the late 90s)...... anyway, she really didn't belong to any 'clique' and so she was floating around not having too many friends but seemed content enough just being who she is even though there were a few students who were being cruel to her. You see, she was actually kinda cute, didn't see it then but now that I think of it, and just did things her own way in which others didn't agree with, and because she didn't run with a 'flock' she was an easy target to pick on. Where am I going with all this? I don't know, it just reminded me of her and the high school pecking order though there might be a 'moral to the story' somewhere that can help you out with your current ordeal....... hahaha. :p
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    All these birds are older than the 16wo's?

    Might put her with just 1-2 other birds, let them bond and get the outcast more confident.
    @azygous employs and recommends this technique quite successfully.
     
  7. snow5164

    snow5164 Crowing

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    Yes, the rir are 2 Year’s, Columbia cross are 1. They were side by side for a year , when I literally opened the run door and let them mingle she ran into a corner and screamed .20 merged together happily.

    She is alone at the end of the 4 month olds run , I’ve had two with her with success , I’ll try that again . There’s no hurry she can stay in there TIL it gets too cold .

    Thanks , first time messing with combining flocks , very strange that one is an outcast ??
     
  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Interesting....good info added.
    Did she get along fine with 'her' flock for that year?

    Who knows why some birds react to situations differently.
    I've had some rather neurotic birds that didn't fit in well with the flock and did weird stuff.
    Had one hen that the cock kept relentlessly chasing, no one else really bothered her too much, he didn't ever really hurt her but was always chasing her off. Luckily had plenty of space for her to get away and she hung out with the pullets for a few months then everything was fine. There was some bare skin/molting aspect, but can't remember the exact details.

    I'd leave her in there with a few pullets for a couple months, then try to add them back in with the flock.
     
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  9. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Crossing the Road

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    End of story: The cute little "odd duck" in High School grew up to be a beautiful swan. She still thinks outside the box, and is now owner of a very successful company, and has dozens of employees working for her. Both kids and chickens can be very cruel.
     
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    snow5164 Crowing

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    Yes she was fine for the first year , in fact another rir has a few feathers missing from being picked on , the difference? She fights back . This one holds her wings out , runs and screams .

    They sure have their own personalities ,
    Time will tell , we will fatten her up just in case she’s coming for thanksgiving
     
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