I have success.....

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by kenora44, Jun 8, 2010.

  1. kenora44

    kenora44 In the Brooder

    May 5, 2010
    I introduced 2 hens 8 months to my old flock of 6 pullets. The first hour was not so good, I removed the trouble maker for an hour and when it returned to the flock it calmed down. That night was great, then the next day another started pecking and fighting, I did the same to that one and I got the same results. It has been about 24 hours since the last incident and they seem to all get along great, no more pecking, cowering, and there even mixing into the areas there were not before. I think the key here was to remove the chickens that were picking on the new ones and not to remove the new ones getting picked on. I think this was a good time to introduce the new hens since the younger ones are not perching yet and they are not using the nesting boxes ect. Not sure if that made a difference? Also when I introduced them I placed them in the run first not the coop and it was a few hours before their bedtime. Maybe I did nothing at all and the natural order has taken place...either way I am soooo happy they are all getting along.
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    I don't know how much difference your taking the troublemakers out for a while actually made. It may have helped. I'd still keep an eye on them for a couple of more days, but it sounds like this integration is going pretty well for you. Congratulations.
  3. chicnfarmer

    chicnfarmer Songster

    May 21, 2010
    I can see how taking the troublemaker(s) out for a while would help - when you add the new members to the general population they all have to figure out where they fall in the pecking order, if you take an aggressive bird out while this is happening and reintroduce it at a later time, it would make sense that the subject bird would have to challenge the new group dynamic instead of just the new individuals. The subject bird would have to expend more energy that way and the new individuals may be able to conserve more energy giving them a better shot at not ending up at the bottom of the pecking order. I could be wrong though.
    Last edited: Jun 8, 2010

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