Chickens scared of non agressive Roosters ?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Ayem Cemani, Oct 16, 2016.

  1. Ayem Cemani

    Ayem Cemani Just Hatched

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    I have eight Chickens in my flock including 2 roosters and 6 hens. The 4 Ayem Cemani's all get along great, even though 2 of them are roosters. However when I introduced 4 other chickens which I have had for over 5 years, one for 7 years. The older ones all huddle together in a corner. The odd thing is that none of the Cemani's have tried to hurt them. The Roosters have tried to dominate them, but not in an agressive way. I am concerned the older Chickens my starve themselves if they dont integrate with the group.

    I want to keep them all in one coop if poss, any suggestions welcome ?.
     
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  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Multiple food stations will help, in the short term
     
  3. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    The roosters and possibly females with them are producing warning sounds for others to stay away. Listen closely and you will hear them.
     
  4. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Overrun With Chickens

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    Put up a partial wall in the middle of the run if possible. Be sure that there are escape routes on both ends. Put a second feed and water station behind that, out of sight of one group.

    Then given time, they will work it out.

    Mrs K
     
  5. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Above is sound advice. You can also add hay to run / coop area that everyone can work through. That will distract them from many social concerns as they focus on milling about in the hay.
     
  6. Ayem Cemani

    Ayem Cemani Just Hatched

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    I'm already doing that, set these up yesterday. It seems to break up both groups and keeps them distracted.
     
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