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If I separate my breeds can I put them together and ...

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by tberggren, Oct 26, 2008.

  1. tberggren

    tberggren Songster

    Jan 20, 2008
    Ithaca NY
    Right now they all get along great, they have been raised together, but I am thinking of separating them so that I will have pure bred eggs to raise. However I am wondering if I can expect problems if afterwords I try to put them all together again. Anyone with experience with this??

  2. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    I have no experience with this, but I would think that seperating them and then putting them together may not be a great idea. We want to do the same thing, so next spring we are going to get pairs of the breeds we want and keep them seperate forever.
  3. ella

    ella Songster

    You can sure do it. They may fight as if they haven't met before, the pecking order is very important to them.

    I move my flocks around several times a year, there's always some fighting, but never too bad. [​IMG]
  4. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm 10 Years

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    Since they have already been together, but not sure. [​IMG]
  5. Heather J

    Heather J Songster

    May 29, 2008
    It probably depends a lot on whether they can see each other when you separate them, but I've successfully merged new birds into a flock without the adjustment period where they could see each other through the wire and it hadn't been that big of a deal. There was a bit of pecking order establishment, but no one drew blood, so it worked fine for me. of course, i was adding hens and not roosters.

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