How do i add flock 1 to flock 2?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Toshi, Aug 2, 2011.

  1. Toshi

    Toshi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 2, 2011
    IN corn state
    I have 3 older birds, about 23 weeks of age , 2 hens and 1 roo. Thats flock 1, then for flock 2 i have 1 roo, and 1 pullet about 15 weeks of age. They have seen eachother countless times through the fence and what not but I have had them together once, and it went badly, one of the older ones grabbed the rock and gave her a nasty wound on her neck. So i pulled them both quickly, she is still healing but is healing fast, so how do i get both of the flocks into one coop?

    Any help would be great. Thanks for reading.
    Last edited: Aug 2, 2011
  2. Saltysteele

    Saltysteele Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2011
    did you add the young ones to the older ones, or did you put the older ones in with the younger ones? i would suggest putting the older ones in with the younger ones, as it is the younger ones territory.

    otherwise, i would put them together in an area new to all of them, so they are more distracted with the new area, than the new peeps
  3. Toshi

    Toshi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 2, 2011
    IN corn state
    I put the older ones with the younger ones, both were in a good sized pen and yet they were still chaceing them about the whole thing. The main one doing it is my Roo, the hens are ok unless one of the younger ones get to close, they dont try to chase them down anymroe. It is just the roo going after the younger roo. I have tried this the whole thing a few times now and nothing yet.

    Should i give them a bit longer? I am worried if i wait to long that they will never be able to be in the same coop. I want to get this settled before i go back to school next week. Any more tips? I am at a loss on this one, first time trying to get a flock together cuz this is my first year with chickens.
  4. koonaone

    koonaone Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 21, 2010
    Hi mate

    seperate your roosters from the hens.
    put them (roos) in darkness for 10 - 40 hours
    let them out in light in a big area they don't know
    unless 1 roo is old, they will stabilise
    1 will be boss.
    If one is an old warrior, soup him, or have mounted
    in appropriate pose. Or, turfthe young one.
    Put all your hens in total darkness overnight
    let them out in an area the subservient ones

    When the hens are well stabilised (1 -3 days)
    put the roosters in.

    It's never a good plan to try to integrate 2
    males that are used to servicing females
    Ignorance is bliss, and so on.

    One more thing I might add is that putting
    competing hens into a space with limited
    resources is dumb.

    So, make sure all those hens have an abundance of
    food, shelter, (shade, cover) dust bowls, space.

    And good luck

    for bleeding wounds I use flour and that bought stuff
    to prevent "picking" on top

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