How long does it take for two different groups of chicken to start getting along with each other?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jeffreybailey, Aug 3, 2016.

  1. jeffreybailey

    jeffreybailey New Egg

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    I have 3 plymouth rock hens and 1 rooster. On Sunday I got 5 new hens of mixed breed. 3 are 16weeks and 2 are about a year old. The rocks keep pecking at the others every time they get close. How long will this go on before they start getting along with each other?
     
  2. widelacing

    widelacing Out Of The Brooder

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    Not too much longer! Maybe a couple more days unless you have 2 roosters, then a bit longer.
     
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  3. jeffreybailey

    jeffreybailey New Egg

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    Thanks for the info. It's hard to watch them not getting along.
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    scooter147 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It won't be much longer, however, you will always have a pecking order and usually the established flock are the top birds.

    There will always be some pecking, make sure you have a couple feeders and waterers so they get plenty.
     
  6. MadamPoofyBrow

    MadamPoofyBrow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not too long, since the new birds are all hens. However, I have noticed that different groups tend to stay as groups. Even after they get the pecking order sorted and get along, they still group off and roost separately. But, they should be settled in a couple of days.

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