Hi All

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by kregorykidz, Aug 21, 2016.

  1. kregorykidz

    kregorykidz New Egg

    Aug 21, 2016
    Hi All!
    Great forum to find! And pleasure to join in and chat to u.
    We rescued 6 ex battery hens yesterday (all new to this!) so me and the kids went to the collection center armed with boxes and brought 6 poor old girls home to there nice warm hen house and a life of free range in our garden.
    I do have a couple of questions, is it normal for one to be a bully from the start? And one question that may seem silly should i shut the next box off and keep them out in the day? I hope this doesnt sound daft!
    We really are looking forward to getting our girls healthy and happy now after such a cruel start! Thanks for looking :)
  2. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member Project Manager

    Jan 10, 2013
    [​IMG] glad to have you join us.

    There will always be a pecking order and all you can do is let them work it out unless the bully is injuring the other hens.

    I think you are asking if you should shut them out of the nest boxes during the day? They need access to the nests or they will be laying elsewhere.

    If you haven't already done so, you should visit the Learning Center - there's a lot of helpful articles there.

    Enjoy your new flock.
  3. silkiecuddles

    silkiecuddles FortheLoveofSilkies

    Mar 1, 2015
    :frow Hi, and welcome to BYC!!
    Congrats on your flock :) Yes, bullying does happen in order to establish who's who in the totem pole. Best of luck to you!
  4. BuffOrpington88

    BuffOrpington88 Non-Stop

    Mar 20, 2012
    Hi and [​IMG]

    Yep, some bullying is to be expected just in sorting out the pecking order. This will decrease as they get settled in.

    The nest boxes stay open during the day so they can lay eggs there instead of hiding them in the bushes or elsewhere.

    Good luck with your new flock and thanks for joining us! [​IMG]
    Last edited: Aug 21, 2016
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Welcome to BYC. Thank you for rescuing x-batt hens. I am sure they will thrive under your care.
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    BTW you will want to put out another feed & water dish in a different area - bullies like to chase others away and starve them out.
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  8. Book Em Danno25

    Book Em Danno25 Overrun With Chickens

    Greetings from South Dakota and [​IMG]!! Glad you joined us. [​IMG]
  9. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Howdy from Kansas and :welcome. Happy you joined our poultry community! Good luck and best wishes! :)
  10. ADVaughn

    ADVaughn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 21, 2016
    Hello all...just joined.

    My town council is about to vote next month that on whether to lift the ban on chickens in the city limits. They have opened it up for public comment and I plan on submitting comment in the next week or so.

    I would like to hear thoughts on the primary benefits of allowing backyard chickens. I plan to focus on private property rights, the nutritional value of fresh eggs vs store-bought and the recreational benefits. Any additional and supplemental ideas would be appreciated.


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