How to re-integrate viciously protective hen and her chicks into the flock?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Carrla, May 23, 2016.

  1. Carrla

    Carrla New Egg

    Oct 28, 2015
    After my mysterious mishaps with home-hatched chicks (see my other post from a month ago), my mother hen has happily adopted my bought day-old chicks and they are now big and feathered (they are Brahma chicks and the mother hen is a Dwarf hen, so they are almost as big as her now!) and old enough to join the flock. They have been living side-by-side for a while and it seemed ok, but the two times I tried to let them all together (with lots of space, mind you), failed magnificently: The mother hen is viciously protective and attacks anyone coming close which resulted in a lot of fightings and the normally so gentle rooster will attack her, try to mate - everything at a great loss of neckfeathers all around...
    Does anyone know a good trick of how I can re-integrate them? I asked my neighbours, but their hens are all very docile and they had no trouble letting them run with the flock after having them side-by-side for a few days. Should I just let them do their thing and establish a pecking order? I'm worried they might injure each other...
    Thanks in advance for the help!!

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