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First integration successful....... so far.

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by wychickenwrangler, May 25, 2011.

  1. wychickenwrangler

    wychickenwrangler Out Of The Brooder

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    Just integrated 3 turkins with the big girls. All looks to be going good so far. Is there anything in particular I should watch for?
     
  2. vstoltzfus

    vstoltzfus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What I look for is fighting, loss of feathers, weight loss, excessive aggression. But it sounds like your birds have worked it all out.
     
  3. columbiacritter

    columbiacritter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I find the agression can ramp up after the newness wears off so keep an eye on them for at least a week.
     
  4. LadyFunnyFarm

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    I just integrated my first bunch last Friday, so I've been on my toes all week, too. Good luck with yours! I've just been keeping an eye on signs of blood, feather-loss, and signs of excessive stress. Hope they can learn to play nice!
     
  5. wychickenwrangler

    wychickenwrangler Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the advice !!! So far so good. The little one that was getting pecked at the most finally decided he/she wasn't going to put up with that anymore & started jumping back into the faces of the would be bullies. They pretty much have been steering clear of him/her now. The really funny thing though is that last night is the first time that I've seen ALL of the big girls on the roost. Them on the roost & the 3 turkins on the floor.
     
  6. LadyFunnyFarm

    LadyFunnyFarm Out Of The Brooder

    One thing I did do to, hopefully, dissuade aggression was that I put my roo from this batch in with the girls that I added. The ladies used to have a roo, so they are familiar with the idea, but I was hopeful that a new one who knew the new littles might help protect them a bit. I don't know, we'll see.
     

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