Breeds that get along with Wyandottes

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Scooter&Suzie, Mar 5, 2012.

  1. Scooter&Suzie

    Scooter&Suzie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My friend has a Golden Laced Wyandotte hen. It is defeathering all of her other hens (Buff Orpington, Speckled Sussex, Black Austerlop, and a Partridge Plymouth Rock), so she needs to rehome the Wyandotte. I am going to offer to take her, if I can find another hen for her to live with. I have a coop all ready, all I need is a buddy for her. Any breed reccomadtions? I'm not sure if all Wyandottes are as bossy as her. A couple days ago she wouldn't allow the other hens inside the coop to eat or drink. I am thinking she needs to go in with another hen that would be close to the top of the pecking order.

    Any breed ideas? I don't want to put her in with my hens... She will boss them too death (quite litertly, I'm afraid).
     
  2. bird boy

    bird boy Out Of The Brooder

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    It sounds like she might be a problem hen with any other hens you get. You could try clipping her top beak so she can't pull feathers, you could keep her caged by herself giving her plenty of feed and clean water with a nesting box or you could process her. She is a dual purpose hen and should dress out nicely if you decide to go that route.
     
  3. Scooter&Suzie

    Scooter&Suzie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hmmm.... I was hoping I could keep her. If she can't find a new home for the wyandotteshe is going to cull her, and I really don't want that to happen.
     
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  4. Baggagolers

    Baggagolers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How about another Wyandotte hen? Maybe a good old Rhode island red. Maybe just being in a new home and messing up her pecking order will help.
     
  5. florida lee

    florida lee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yea, I agree. A new home may do the trick, especially in an established flock.
     
  6. Scooter&Suzie

    Scooter&Suzie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The people I would be getting her from said putting her in solatary confinement did humble her a bit. I'll try to find a Wyandotte for her.

    Edit: And I do think the reason she is pecking all the other hens and being bossy, is just because she is at the top of the pecking order. Any input on that?
     
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  7. Scooter&Suzie

    Scooter&Suzie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh, I think that the hen is somewhere around 2 years old (give or take a few months). Should I get a hen the same age, younger, or older?
     
  8. hannahransom

    hannahransom Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm sure if you put her in with your established flock she would be bottom girl on the totem pole.
     
  9. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    But the OP doesn't have an established flock. OP is asking what breed to get as a friend.

    I would get an aggressive breed like a RIR. I have had GLWs in the past (still have one and she is the dominant hen of my group, but she is also much older than her mates), and they are all a bit grumpy and bossy. I think a RIR might be able to hold its own against a GLW as long as they are around the same age/size. Size is more important than age.

    Good luck.
     
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  10. azygous

    azygous True BYC Addict

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    Just to offer my experience with Wyandottes. I have four. Two SLW's and two GLW's. Three are three years old, one is two years old. I have several other breeds, and the Wyandottes get along well with all the rest of them, but almost all skirmishes in the run are among the Wyandottes. They're scrappy little buggers.

    Once, when one of the Brahmas, who had seniority, was returned after being sick for a week, she was challenged by a Wyandotte. When I reach out to hug and cuddle any hen, it's a Wyandotte that objects and pecks both me and the hugged hen.

    I've never had a RIR, but I imagine they'd be the only breed capable of putting a Wyandotte in her place. It certainly wouldn't be another Wyandotte, because mine all challenge each other all the time.
     

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