Integrating the flock

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Tomhusker, Aug 12, 2010.

  1. Tomhusker

    Tomhusker Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 28, 2010
    Hamburg, Iowa
    We have had our Lavender Orps isolated by some chicken wire, along side the older barred rocks in the same coop for about 3 weeks now to get familiar with each other. After returning from vacation, I decided to cut a hole through the wire so the little ones could access both sides of the coop, but escape any rough stuff. I also removed the feeder from one side, leaving only one feeder for all of them.

    This morning when I went out to open up the pop door to let the big ones out, I was in for a HUGE surprise. Upon opening the main door, I found 4 LavOrps on the big side of the coop, and 5 BR's on the small side. They had all swapped sides at some point, I presume since sun up. The small side has the nesting boxes and there were a couple of girls checking them out. That was nice.

    The BR roo seems to care less about the smaller chicks, unless they are edging in on his treats. Only a couple of the gals are taking issue with them, so I hope we can get them fully integrated by the end of the week end. I'd love to have them free ranging together.
  2. TcherDawn

    TcherDawn Granite State Chook

    Jan 30, 2009
    Prescott, AZ
    That is funny. I guess the grass is always greener on the other side of the coop!

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by