bullying and introducing¬

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by lou95-xox, Jun 1, 2010.

  1. lou95-xox

    lou95-xox New Egg

    Jun 1, 2010
    Hey i am in desperate need of help
    A few days ago, i had 3 chickens. 2 amber stars and one orpington, all females. sadly one of my amber stars died, and we were devestated. So the next day, we got to the farm as soon as possible, and bought a new brown hen. As soon as we introduced her, they started pecking. its been 2 days now, and still, as soon as she comes near the others, she is chased away
    is this going to go on forever! and everyone has said to seperate the bully but this is not possible!
    what do i do?!?! im really upset because i have to give her back friday if theres no improvements
    does this mean they will never be friends??
  2. 44later

    44later Out Of The Brooder

    May 26, 2010
    i had this same problm introduce the new one thro the fencing for 2-3 weeks that did it for me hope i helped
  3. Make her a house chicken [​IMG]
  4. lou95-xox

    lou95-xox New Egg

    Jun 1, 2010
    hehe i wishh!!
    although my parents lover her....not that much [​IMG]
    So who do i fence off??
    the bully or the victim??
  5. Put her in a seperate cage next to the "bad guys" and if you free range let them out together. Soon they will get used to each other [​IMG]
  6. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

    May 13, 2008
    There will always be some pecking until her order in the flock can be established, this will always be the case regardless of what many people say, seperating doesn't work. I always put them in a large cage in the coop for a couple of weeks and this seems to help, also if you have more than one bird to introduce together, it goes a little smoother. I intro young birds into my main flock all the time from egg's I hatch and this method works well.

  7. lou95-xox

    lou95-xox New Egg

    Jun 1, 2010
    ok well my chicks are free range and have been minglin for 2 days now.
    theres 2 gardens for them to run about in and lots of places to hide, do you think this is ok then?
    no run needed?xx
  8. Quote:I think it is fine [​IMG] Just keep an eye on them [​IMG]
  9. Lynn in Texas

    Lynn in Texas Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 8, 2010
    Would you please tell us how young the chicks were that are introduced successfully into the established flock? The hatcheries were out of about 5 varieties that I really wanted this year and I'm dying to figure out how to pull off some new ones next year. The ones I have (80 of them ) are a very mixed flock of all docile breeds and everyone (at 5 weeks old) is getting along great, from Jersey Giants down to Sebright bantams. They are in a large coop and 12 x 20 fully enclosed run right now and will have access to 6 acres of free range when they are old enough. We have a family of hawks at the end of the road but have field fencing on the entire perimiter of the pasture to discourage dogs. I hope the hawks don't do too much damage. There's lots of trees and blackberry bushes and stuff for cover if my guys can just figure it out.
  10. I would say at least 20 weeks old...

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