Do i need to build a second coop?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by btruegs, Sep 8, 2014.

  1. btruegs

    btruegs Chirping

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    Hey Guys,

    I have rescued a dutch bantam hen from my grandma that her other chickens just couldn't get along with. I have 4 original hens, 3 of which are doing just fine with her. My fourth and smallest original is being a "bully" and won't stop attacking her. I have 1 coop, which is in a fenced 15x12 foot pen back by the garden. Do i need to build a second smaller coop to isolate the bully?

    Thanks!

    P.S.
    I don't know if this is important, but my four original hens are different breeds than the dutch bantam rescue. 1 new hampshire red( ring leader), and 3 black australorps.
     
  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    That might help.

    Here's some notes I've taken on integration, maybe something there or in the links provided will help with your situation:

    Integration of new chickens to flock.

    Consider medical quarantine.

    Confine new birds within sight but physically segregated from older/existing birds for several weeks, so they can see and get used to each other but not physically interact. Integrating new birds of equal size works best.

    The more space, the better. Birds will peck to establish dominance, the pecked bird needs space to get away. As long as there's no blood drawn and/or new bird is not trapped/pinned down, let them work it out. Every time you interfere or remove new birds, they'll have to start the pecking order thing all over again.

    Multiple feed/water stations. Dominance issues are most often carried out over sustenance, more stations lessens the frequency of that issue.

    Places to hide out of line of sight and/or up and away from bully birds.


    Read up on integration..... BYC advanced search>titles only>integration
    This is good place to start reading:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/adding-to-your-flock
     
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  3. btruegs

    btruegs Chirping

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    Thank you so much for the information! it really helped i appriciate it.
     

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