*HELP* TRYING TO INTEGRATE!!!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by JessBradley, Oct 20, 2019.

  1. JessBradley

    JessBradley Chirping

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    So I need some advice! I have 2 Silver Laced Wyandottes (roughly 2/2 in a half months) and for the the last 3 weeks, I have been trying to integrate them with my 9 other hens. The have been in with them, in a smaller cage (see pic below) at night, every night for 3 weeks, then down in the bottom of the run, blocked off from the others, every day for 3 weeks... Yesterday I let the Silvers out of the run (maybe the 4th or 5th time) , while watching and my older hens would not stop trying to hurt them. Do they keep attacking them until their dead? What am I doing wrong? Any advice? Helppp!!!
     

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  2. penny1960

    penny1960 Yippy Do Da, Yipptye Ay!

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    Okay so how big is your coop how many birds now
     
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  3. Jandsloch

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    If you only have that coop from tractor supply it is no where big enough for all those birds. They say 6-8 birds but are talking bantams. I have that coop. I now have a shed and that coop for chicks. Putting a cage in that coop only takes away roosting space from the already cramped chickens. If you have a different coop as well I would use that coop strictly for your new birds. Keep them in there and that run only for a couple weeks. Then try to integrate. If that’s the only coop u have u need more rooms buy or build a bigger one.
     
  4. penny1960

    penny1960 Yippy Do Da, Yipptye Ay!

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    that is where your problem is if you have that tiny a coop
     
  5. Jandsloch

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    This is the coop in the pic
     

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  6. penny1960

    penny1960 Yippy Do Da, Yipptye Ay!

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    No more than two large birds possible for 4 bantam
     
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    my thoughts also. We started with 4 in that coop as chicks....then built another and now we have a shed hahaha chicken math....keeping this for chicks and newbies in the future. That is it also great for quarantine of a couple birds.
     
  8. penny1960

    penny1960 Yippy Do Da, Yipptye Ay!

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    I have a coop that is for sick of injured even growing up it has two rooms added another shipping crate we get them free from a furniture moving company 060.jpg 029.jpg
     
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  9. JessBradley

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    So thus far no help. My chickens have 10 acres to go around in. They only go in the coop at night to sleep. Mixed with by the time winter comes we will only have 4 chickens so it will be perfectly fine come Winter when they will be more in the coop. I'm talking outside while free ranging but glad everyone is more concerned about the coop then any advice .
     
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  10. MickWithChicks

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    The trick is lots of space with somewhere for the Wyandotte's to get where the older hens can't.

    The other trick is to take your nicest of the older hens and run her with the Wyandotte's. Once those three get along, add another older hen, and the another, until they're all in the same run.
     

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