Help! don't know what to do!

jay0318

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We have 2 white silkies And 1 lavender pekin. We saw a woman with a silkies similar age to ours looking to re home due to the other chick dying.
So we've taken him/her in and at first one of the silkies wasn't too keen. But they all slept together fine, so we believe.
Woke up this morning to let them out of their coop and the pekin started to attack the newbie.
I've separated them whilst at work. But do I keep trying to introduce them slowly, a day at a time, or just keep them separate?
We've fallen in love with the newbie and don't want to part with him/her.
Any advice welcome !
Also, thoughts on keeping the newbie inside on his/her
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aart

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Here's some notes I've taken on integration that I found to be very helpful.......
......take what applies or might help and ignore the rest.
See if any of them, or the links provided at the bottom, might offer some tips that will assist you in your situation:

Integration of new chickens into flock.


Consider medical quarantine:
BYC Medical Quarantine Article
Poultry Biosecurity
BYC 'medical quarantine' search

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.

For smaller chicks I used a large wire dog crate right in the coop for the smallers. I removed the crate door and put up a piece of wire fencing over the opening and bent up one corner just enough for the smallers to fit thru but the biggers could not. Feed and water inside the crate for the smallers. Make sure the smallers know how to get in and out of the crate opening before exposing them to the olders. this worked out great for me, by the time the crate was too small for the them to roost in there(about 3 weeks), they had pretty much integrated themselves to the olders.

If you have too many smallers to fit in a crate you can partition off part of the coop with a wire wall and make the same openings for smallers escape.


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 for the new birds to hide out of line of sight and/or up and away from any 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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jay0318

Chirping
6 Years
May 5, 2015
18
0
82
Here's some notes I've taken on integration that I found to be very helpful.......
......take what applies or might help and ignore the rest.
See if any of them, or the links provided at the bottom, might offer some tips that will assist you in your situation:
 
Integration of new chickens into flock.

Consider medical quarantine:
BYC Medical Quarantine Article
Poultry Biosecurity
BYC 'medical quarantine' search

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.
 
For smaller chicks I used a large wire dog crate right in the coop for the smallers. I removed the crate door and put up a piece of wire fencing over the opening and bent up one corner just enough for the smallers to fit thru but the biggers could not. Feed and water inside the crate for the smallers. Make sure the smallers know how to get in and out of the crate opening before exposing them to the olders. this worked out great for me, by the time the crate was too small for the them to roost in there(about 3 weeks), they had pretty much integrated themselves to the olders.

If you have too many smallers to fit in a crate you can partition off part of the coop with a wire wall and make the same openings for smallers escape.


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 for the new birds to hide out of line of sight and/or up and away from any 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


last night we let the chickens roam the garden and put the newbie in a pen in the middle so they can all see each other but not get too close to each other.
Bertie, the new one, was desperate to go and see them and the others seemed very interested.
So we let bertie out to see if he would run away or not.
He went straight over to them and they attacked him. So we put him back in the pen but he just wanted to be with them.
It's breaking my heart :(
 

aart

Chicken Juggler!
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It takes time...they should be housed within sight but not touch for at least a couple weeks.
Integrating a single bird into a small flock is the hardest integration.

The newbie wasn't "desperate to go and see them"....it wanted out of that cage.
The others were interested because there was an intruder in their territory and they wanted to eliminate it.

Learn about chicken behaviors and it will be easier to manage it......
......they are not humans with human emotions, thinking that they are will only bring failures and frustrations.
 

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