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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by The crossingchicks, Dec 19, 2017.

  1. The crossingchicks

    The crossingchicks Hatching

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    I joined today for a couple reasons. I have 6 chickens, all buff Orpington. Three of them are almost a year old (two girls and a boy) , and three are about 2 months old(one girl and two boys). My mother also has chickens and is a big fan of this site for advice.

    So, the main reason I joined is because I'm having an issue introducing the babies into the coop (we hatched them ourselves from the eggs of the adults). I tried about a month ago, and one of them was pecked to death by one of the adult females while I was at work. This left us with only three babies.

    I followed the advice I found on here, about introducing them in the middle of the night, and keeping them separated at first. Well, once all seemed fine, I let them all hang out together for the day and came home to a dead baby. It was very sad. So, I brought the remaining three back inside to grow a bit more.

    Last night, I put them back out in the coop, while the adults were asleep. At some point a little while later, I heard some commotion. I went outside to check and sure enough, an adult female was pecking away at the baby girl. Thank goodness I caught it and the little one is doing fine. I brought her in, cleaned her up and separated the chickens again.

    I would keep them segregated, except our coop really isn't conducive to that. And, I was planning to bring the two boys to my mother, as my neighborhood would not be happy with the crowing of three roosters. But, I can't have just one little baby girl all by herself.

    So, what should I do? Any suggestions? On a side note, I've noticed that my adults are all pretty aggressive, and love to attack the fence whenever someone is walking by.

    Any advice offered is greatly appreciated! Thank you!!
     
  2. Chicken-lovebirdchihuahua

    Chicken-lovebirdchihuahua Crowing

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    I have a two part coop so it's no problem for me but if I were you I would get a cage and put it in the coop with the chicks inside and hopefully they will work it out and then introduce them slowly for a few minutes a day outside the cage and then you might get to the point where they can live together sry I wasn't more helpful
     
  3. Farmer Connie

    Farmer Connie ---CMS--- (Chicken Math Syndrome) Premium Member

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    partitions work well. After time they will get use to each others company and the partition can be removed. Never just add new birds to your flock, especially young if there is a size difference.
    :welcome
     
  4. FrankieDoodle

    FrankieDoodle Free Ranging

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    Welcome to BYC!!!
     
  5. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC. You'll have to partition your coop to keep the newbies in. Just about anything will do-just saw 'pallet' fence reinforced with hardware cloth to make a 'safety' room for newbies.
     
  6. Hope Hughes

    Hope Hughes Crossing the Road Premium Member

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    Hello:frow
    Welcome to BYC!!
    So glad to have you here!!
    Thanks for sharing your story!!You can build a nursery in the coop or the run (just a little coop for the babies to grow and be safe) that way they are around the others and growing up around them and slowly let them out with them. I let mine out around the end of day before they put them selves up for the night and one night they all went together. But each flock is different.
    There are many people on here that are ready to help in anyway they can!
    The learning center also has alot of great information on it as well!
    Enjoy!:wee
     
  7. rjohns39

    rjohns39 Enabler Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to BYC :frow We're so happy you've decided to join us:ya
     
  8. RodNTN

    RodNTN Hatchaolic 5 Years

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    Hello there! :frow And :welcome It is wonderful to have you here with us, best wishes! :)
     
  9. Jucodeo

    Jucodeo The Sky is Falling!

    Hello there, and :welcome!

    As for your post it sounds like you have quite the dilemma forming!:duc

    Personally, I have only dealt with one very aggressive chicken and he was a rooster. He seemed to attack one of the hens quite often. This could have to do with them being protective of their home, or they could just be over aggressive. If this is the case then you must create some kind of partition, as some of the others on this thread have been suggesting. Maybe after the babies grow up the "elder" chickens will be more accepting of them. Alas, for now I would suggest keeping them apart from each other at all times.

    Anyways, I hope you enjoy your membership here at BYC!

    Don't be afraid to wonder around our various forums, and if you have a question ASK ASK ASK at your hearts desire! :love

    If you need any further help on your dilemma you can tag me on this thread using @{myusername} or send me a message! :thumbsup

    I hope you stay with us a long time, and continue to educate yourself on everything poultry! :wee

    -Justin
     

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