Hope I did it right

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Sherry, May 11, 2007.

  1. Sherry

    Sherry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 3 "flocks" 6 11 week olds, 4 7 week olds, and 3 3 week olds. One of the 7 week olds is really big. Running out of room in their crate so I've been trying to ease the big pullet in with the 11 weekers. I tried for 3 days to get the big ones to accept her. I knew their would be some pecking so I just kept real close watch.
    Today was no different. The big ones were going in and out of the coop while "little" one stayed in and cried for her crate mates. Some pecking and whatnot, but I made myself tough it out.
    Tonight at bed time after all the big ones were on the roost I picked little one up and put her at the end of the roost about two inches from the other roost, same level. All the big ones were "piled up" together and poor little one all alone. Looked sad. I had to go back to the barn/coop for my cell phone, one of the bigger pullets had moved over to the other roost and was about an inch or so away but beside the little one.
    Does this sound like it's a good sign?
    Sorry so wordy.
     
  2. Napalongtail

    Napalongtail Longtail Longtimer

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    Yup thats a good sign. Next time take everybody out of the coop for a couple hours and mess with them and then keep them crated while you move the food and water. Then add everyone back at the same time. Because they all endured torture day they will bond and get along much better in the end. Try doing this whenever you need to add lil ones to the mix.
     
  3. Sherry

    Sherry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This morning one of the older pullets was roosting right up against the new girl. I thought, great, it's going to work. However, today they are still giving her a hard time. [​IMG]
    I'll put her back on the roost tonight and hope that soon it gets better.[​IMG]
     

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