how to get flock "togetherness"?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by showbarnmom, Feb 7, 2013.

  1. showbarnmom

    showbarnmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I introduced 3 new birds to my flock of same age birds. This was Tuesday. I know its too soon, but can I do anything to encourage acceptance?

    Currently, the new chicks spend most of their time hiding under my raised coop. They do come out, but get run off by the flock. They come out when I go in the run, and will eat and drink if the others coop up.

    They are getting pecked at pretty hard by the other if they do try to mingle. I know it will take time. But is there anything else I can do to help?

    (They are 5,6&7 weeks.)
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    If the others are mature birds, the newcomers are a little young to integrate. As long as they are not being injured, make sure that they are eating and drinking enough and they will eventually assimilate into the flock. Actually what you describe is extremely mild pecking order reshuffling.

    Oops, I apologize. Went back to reread your post and note that they are same age birds. All should go well. Just monitor the situation. Good luck.
     
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  3. showbarnmom

    showbarnmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks :) so far no injuries, and I think its because I introduced a RIR and a silver EE to a flock of black mixes. I also have a roo over load at the moment. Sodiffereny colors probably doesn't help.

    Anyway.... I know it'll tale time. I'm just impatient! Lol
     
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Now may be an excellent time for removing excess roosters from the flock. The disruption caused by their removal may make the acceptance of the new birds go more smoothly.
     
  5. showbarnmom

    showbarnmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am trying to find them new homes. To small for the freezer, and I'm not quite ready for that lol. I have several people who said they will take them. So just have to see who shows up first. I'm hoping it will help tremendously.
     
  6. Michael Apple

    Michael Apple Overrun With Chickens

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    I've had mixed flocks over the years and have always noticed the birds of kind stick together. Chickens are very racial, for lack of a better description and some breeds tend to be more aggressive than others.
     
  7. showbarnmom

    showbarnmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That also has a role I am sure. 99% sure my flock is game bird mixes. They came from my free range flock at work. Then I added the 3 that had been raised together. The BR usually has no problem in the flock. But the other two do. And even BR and the EE pick on the RIR who was raised up with them. *sigh* dern complicated bird brains.
     
  8. Michael Apple

    Michael Apple Overrun With Chickens

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    Yeah, you got some tough birds. Game birds are beautiful but often spastic and aggressive. Even the RIR is a tough breed that can be aggressive compared to others. You have your work cut out for you but I hope it can be sorted out. Let us know how it goes.
     
  9. missnu01

    missnu01 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had basically 2 separate flocks in the same coop...There was the younger birds and the older birds. Both ignored the other, but now they are all one big flock. It's better that way. I like seeing all 10 chickens wandering the yard, instead of only the 5 adults leaving the coop, but now all of them come out and scratch and such.
     
  10. Michael Apple

    Michael Apple Overrun With Chickens

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    Lots of poultry men/women don't like to mix young and old flocks for health reasons. That doesn't mean it won't work out especially if you haven't had any health issues with the old flock and the new additions are healthy. I have a few hens that chase others away from the feeders, but when I supply enough feeders, they can't control it much and get tired of running back and forth. They eventually settle on one feeder and the others can eat in peace. So long as none of them are injuring the others, I won't have to cull them or separate them.
     

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