Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Clay Valley Farmer, Sep 10, 2010.

  1. Clay Valley Farmer

    Clay Valley Farmer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 7, 2010
    Well tried to put 4 ready to lay isabrowns from hatchery in with rest of flock mixed flock mostly EE. Browns were 19 weeks and most of the others were ~16 weeks some under. I set them out together in fenced area, all seemed good, couple evil eye moments but nothing, so let them coup together, day one was fine, then day two all four browns just got plain nasty and were going out of their way to pick on the others constantly. Least the browns were beak trimmed else there would have been blood for sure.

    So pulled them back out and they get the smaller side of the coup. I guess it is for the good, can feed them layer ration as they are popping out a few small eggs and keep the others on grower for a while longer.

    What a difference though from the EEs that came from free range flock to the browns from hatchery. Browns don't have much for brains, little personality and are just butt heads, not jumping up to the roost not catching onto what a nesting box is for. Surprising though they are not bad to handle.

    I wonder, when the EEs catch up and start laying will it be worth trying to put them back together?
    Last edited: Sep 10, 2010
  2. cparian

    cparian Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 5, 2008
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    I have 2 converted horse stalls for my coop. Within this I have built a small area within the coop for any new chickens I bring in. It has only chicken wire separating the new chickens from my already established flock. I usually keep the new chickens in there for a week so everyone can see each other & get aquainted thru the wire. Then after a week I get the original chickens interested in thier morning treats & after they are busy I let the new ones out. There still will be some fights but overall the transition is pretty smooth most of the time.

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