Integrating chickens

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Margy1, Nov 20, 2014.

  1. Margy1

    Margy1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 30, 2014
    We have four chickens they are 17 weeks, and one chicken who is 7 months. The older one is free range, but we would really like to get her to sleep in the coop at night rather then on the porch. We have tried a few times to put her in with the other four and does fine until she see's the food and water. She will start eating or drinking and won't stop unless another chicken comes near her and then she will start pecking them. So my question is, what is the best way to integrate a chicken into the flock who is very territorial over food and water??

  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    You could set up another food and water station in a different location.
  3. ThePRfan

    ThePRfan Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 27, 2014
    You should probably do it threw fencing,or like Judy said,add another feeder or waterer.Sounds like the adult hen needs separated from the others.
    She's by far the dominate hen,and needs her territory tooken,it's best to let your pullets adjust first,while the meany is next door caged up with food/water.
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Yep, put up another food and water station on the other side of the coop as far apart as possible, she can't defend 2 places at once and eventually things should settle down.

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