How do i intergrate chickens?

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  1. chickens123432

    chickens123432 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 4 chickens (all girls). A blue andulusian named BB (11 months old) a silver lakenvelder named raspberry (11 months old) a sicilan buttercup named alex (11 months old) and a welsummer named coco (about 2 years old).
    Right now BB and raspberry are together and coco and alex are together. I can't get the 2 groups together. They have been next to each other in a cage for weeks. and if i try to put them in together the fight get all bloody. BB, Alex, and Raspberry all grew up together but they have been separated and now none of them get along with each other except for the groups they are in right now. They have already made each other all bloody and i can't seem to get them together. How do i intergrate them?
     
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  2. torilovessmiles

    torilovessmiles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Jokes aside, after separating chickens, they have to reevaluate their pecking order. A little fighting is normal. How bad is the fighting, and how long have you attempted to integrate them? Where are you introducing them? You may want to try reintroducing them outside of the coop, in your open yard, if possible, so they can get away when another starts to get aggressive. It's also sort of a no-mans-land, so they don't feel as territorial. However, since they are bloody, don't confine them together just yet, and supervise them, as chickens have instincts to peck at blood.
     
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    chickens123432 Out Of The Brooder

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    Right now they are in my garage in 2 big dog crates. I thought if i integrated them outside of the coop they wouldn't be so territorial. They have been so intended to fight that they have been fighting through the bars (i had to move the cages farther apart) until ones face was completely covered in blood in about 15 seconds. Of course I separated them right away after that. They have been next to each other for probably about 2 weeks now.
     
  4. torilovessmiles

    torilovessmiles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wipe the blood off of the injured one to see how bad the wound is. I do think it would be better to integrate them outside of the dog crates, preferably in an open space. If they have been in the cages for a long time, that is now their territory, so they will act territorial over it. Do you have a fenced in yard that you can introduce them in, by any chance? Confinement can make chickens pretty aggressive toward each other, and it's also more difficult to escape a fight when they know they've lost. They will fight at first, that is pretty much inevitable. You won't need to interfere unless one gets badly injured again, just let them dish it out.
     
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    chickens123432 Out Of The Brooder

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    I do have a fenced in yard but 1 of them likes to fly over the fence into the woods[​IMG] I could let them out in my garage to figure it out tho
     
  6. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Confinement is way too tight. Confined birds more apt to scrap. Could post images of birds and their wounds? Also indicate how they are to be housed once integrated.
     
  7. torilovessmiles

    torilovessmiles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That may work, just make sure to put up any chemicals stored in there beforehand (ie., paint, pesticides, oil). Chickens are very curious creatures!
     
  8. Naser

    Naser Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can tape together the wing feathers of the flying hen so she wouldn't be able to fly
     
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    chickens123432 Out Of The Brooder

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    thats a great idea! a lot of people say to cut them but these are my show birds so i can't really do that. thanks!
     
  10. pdirt

    pdirt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Definitely sounds like a stress due to confinement issue. I second the idea to post pictures of their cages and wounds.
     

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