How long until pecking order is established?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by atomic_chicken, Aug 29, 2011.

  1. atomic_chicken

    atomic_chicken Out Of The Brooder

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    Just introduced 3 month old EE pullet into my flock of 2 1/2 month old Australorp X's 3 days ago. I put the dog crate i picked her up in inside the run and left the door open. She eventually came out
    and because she is larger than the rest I assumed there would't be much of a problem. The other 5 birds chased her around quite a bit and give a peck here and there. Things have gotten better over the weekend but she is still and outsider with the flock
    How long until she is left alone and is part of the flock?
     
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Probably a couple of weeks from my experience. But if she was a lone hen then she may always remain an "outsider." They might not peck and chase anymore but she would be the lowest on the pecking order. Until another new one comes!
     
  3. Mattemma

    Mattemma Overrun With Chickens

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    The pecking should ease up,but there may always be a seperation.My RSL hens keep together while the 5 EEs stay together.
     
  4. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

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    It's never established. Someone is always going to be wondering if today is the day they can move up one more step. test, test, test, test...... Now? How about now?
     
  5. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

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  6. anderson8505

    anderson8505 Peace, Love & Happy Chickens

    Quote:Yup! Such is life in the animal kingdom, including humans.
     
  7. atomic_chicken

    atomic_chicken Out Of The Brooder

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  8. SteveBaz

    SteveBaz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Took a few day until the boss surfaced and the weak links backed down.

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