How to introduce a little aggressive SLW to my flock

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by sararoni, Dec 23, 2012.

  1. sararoni

    sararoni Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I always liked the Silver Laced Wyandotes and couldnt resist buying the one I saw at a feed store.
    I was told that she is about 14 months old and her previous owner dropped her there because of her aggressive behavior.
    The owner of the shop told me that she saw her pecking at her owner and this hen will be better as a solitary chicken for someone.
    I dindnt buy her that week but she was still there the next week .
    The employer that day told me she never pecked at her when she changed her water, feed and collected eggs.
    I took her out of the cage and she didnt complain of me holding and petting her.
    My 2 little kids petted her too and she seemed fine with it.
    She eat from my hand and I couldnt resist buying her.

    At home my 3 chickens (2 red stars and one BR) greeted her through her cage and no one did any aggressive move.
    I am keeping her separated in a cage near the coop when they all can see each other.

    I would greatly appreciate any advice about how to proceed. What to do and not to do.

    My other chickens are younger than her. 1 red star is 10 months ( the boss), the 2 others are 5 months.

    Thanks a lot in advance and happy holidays.
     
  2. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    Mine is kind of bossy too. She plays my "guard dog". If she's coming into an established group, she will have tobe low man on the totem pole. If she can't behave, buy her a big rooster. My Jersey roos are very calm and friendly.
     
  3. sararoni

    sararoni Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had a rooster I had to give away because he was attacking my kids.
    We live in the city and have a small yard there was no way keeping him separated or caging him all day.
    So I decided to have only hens...
    And here I am buying a prevously aggressive hen
    I really wish she remains as tame and friendly as she was at the feed store
     
  4. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    I think treats will make most tame and friendly!
     
  5. sararoni

    sararoni Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I let them free range today and my dominant hen jumped on her right away and pulled some feathers from her neck.
    I separated them at once.
    The other 2 hens made a move too but seemed more afraid of her.
    I am wondering if I should let them sort it out themselves....
     
  6. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    Theres always those pinless peepers(?)
     
  7. sararoni

    sararoni Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am hoping not to have to buy the peepers, they are creepy :)
    Today they free ranged too. Again my dominant hen was the most aggressive.
    The other 2 hens try to avoid the new chicken mostly.
    When I went to close the coop the new chicken was inside the run sleeping in the roost my 2 smaller chickens have been using lately.
    It is free of drafts and snow.
    All my 3 previous hens were inside the hen house.
    I was not sure if I should get the new chicken to her cage outside.
    I let her there and closed the coop.
    Will there will be a bad fight in the morning??
    The coop is not very big.

    Merry Christmas and happy holidays everyone
     
  8. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    Sometimes things just die down on their own. I would think of using the peepers as temporary. Idon't think any of my hens are aggressive past just who gets to do what. But I did have one who would attack my polish delibretly, and my Polish got a nice coop and pen of their own.
     
  9. sararoni

    sararoni Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Making her a separate coop is not possible unfortunately as our garden is pretty small.
    I might have been lucky till now though.
    She seems to have accepted the second place after my dominant hen who chases and pecks her anytime she comes nearby.
    I hope she is not resenting it. I read in this forum you might be in trouble if you have 2 alpha hens.
    My 2 other hens are waiting to see what will happen to their positions...
     

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