Does anyone know how to make new chickens fit into the flock?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by chickenboy2001, Jan 2, 2013.

  1. chickenboy2001

    chickenboy2001 Out Of The Brooder

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    I recently got three new chickens; a D'Uccle bantam hen and rooster, and a Salmon Faverolle hen. They get bossed around by the old flock members. How can I fix this?
     
  2. Puddin Fluff

    Puddin Fluff Overrun With Chickens

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    If you have already put them in together, they will just have to take their lumps and get put in the pecking order. As long as no one bird (or group of birds) is holding them down and really damaging them, they just need to learn who to stay out of the way of. Give them plenty of space and/ or places they can hide if necessary.
     
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    TheSpeckledRoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. Puddin Fluff

    Puddin Fluff Overrun With Chickens

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    For future reference, if you are introducing new birds: 30 day quarantine away from the flock to make sure there are no diseases that could be spread, then put them where the new and old birds can see each other but not touch so they can become aquainted. How long for the second step is dependant on your birds personality. 1-3 weeks. Then we give them supervised free range time together so they are on neutral territory and we can referee if someone gets too rough. We do that for a week or so, then we put the new birds in with the old ones at night. There are still squabbles over ranking but not too rough. Just the peck "get out of my way" mostly. The new ones learn who to run from quickly.
     
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