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Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by jmwal326, Apr 28, 2009.

  1. jmwal326

    jmwal326 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 28, 2009
    I have 5 1 year olds and 5 1month olds The older ones just ingore the month old is this ok or should I be worried once I put them together?
  2. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

    Apr 16, 2007
    Evening Shade, AR
    Hi and Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    You may want to wait until the younger ones are closer to the size of the older ones, before you introduce them/combine them.

    By letting the smaller ones gain size, you'll even out the chances of them not getting picked on too bad by the older ones. They will still do the pecking order, to define who is the Alpha bird but if the younger ones are closer in size to the older ones, they'll stand a better chance in "standing their ground", so to speak.

    Hope this is some help!

  3. Jeff9118

    Jeff9118 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 21, 2009
    Greenup KY
    I'm a bit unclear. Are we talking about chickens? What are these buffs?
  4. jmwal326

    jmwal326 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 28, 2009
    They are buff orpington chickens and when I put the month old out in a cage in my backyard the older ones just plain ingore them. I was just wondering if this is normal?
  5. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    I think I may have misunderstood. Are they actually out together? If the older birds ignore the younger birds when they're together it is a good thing. Some will chase the younger ones and try to kill them. Mined ignored the younger ones until I put them in the yard together. They were in adjacent coops and runs. I had two aggressive hens that would jump on the younger birds and peck them and pull feathers out. There are pictures on my BYC Page.
    Last edited: Apr 29, 2009
  6. lildinkem

    lildinkem Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 4, 2009
    Hey I just did that, yesterday was day one for my 2 month ole BC Marans, to go into the pen with my 2 eleven month ole pullets and cockerel. The pullets went after to peck and push around the little guys, only to have my cockerel ( Gorilla Monsoon ) to rescue the little guys and he pecked on the 2 older pullets. I was amazed. My boy clearly did not allow any bullying on the little chicks. I now have a new respect for the intelligence of my boy.
    I was totally cool and today all was well.
    Good luck with yours
  7. jmwal326

    jmwal326 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 28, 2009
    what if I do not have a boy and they are all girls. They have been out in different cage my older girls have free range on my land and I have been putting the little girls in the fence pen. And still the older girls do not have a care that they are out there.[​IMG]

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