Crazy doggone chickens!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Mikeeeeeeeeee, Jan 11, 2009.

  1. Mikeeeeeeeeee

    Mikeeeeeeeeee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OK.........I have a large coop and a 4x8 tractor with a second floor.
    In the large coop that is divided, I had 4 BRs and 2 RIRs on one side. They all get along. Rocky the roo keeps them all in line and is a good roo.
    On the other side of the coop I had 3 RIRs - 2 roos and a pullet about 12 weeks old.
    In the tractor I have 2 BOs about 16-17 weeks. They are as big as the RIRs in the big coop, but just a little smaller than the BRs.

    I thought that I would go ahead and introduce the BOs into the big flock and slipped them in there one night.
    Mistake.
    The BR hens literally were beating them up. That morning I had to go and rescue them.

    So, I got rid of the 2 small RIR roos and took the pullet and put her in with the BOs in the tractor. A couple of days and they had it all worked out.

    Everyday I let the big ones free range. So yesterday I opened the door on the tractor and let them out to free range with the big girls.

    Now everybody gets along. Go figure. But the Bos and the one little RIR go back to the tractor to roost. Crazy chickens!
     
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2009
  2. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    It is funny to watch them and to see how they work the pecking order out.

    You are right! They are crazy birds!
     
  3. Judymae

    Judymae Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have two different coops also. I had all of my original birds in the larger coop and a set of 20 younger ones in the smaller coop. I decided to introduce them and they did wonderful. I was really surprised. But everynite the younger birds go straight to the smaller coop. We dig them out every single nite and put them in the larger coop with the other birds. It's been over a month now and they still go to the smaller coop. I have no clue when they are gonna figure out which coop they should go to. My new babies are due to arrive the end of February so they will need to be in the smaller coop. I guess that will fix'em!!
     

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