intorducing new members to the flock?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by sissneyfamily, Nov 30, 2012.

  1. sissneyfamily

    sissneyfamily New Egg

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    Greetings and salutations,

    We have "adopted" some fowl from a rescue and need some advice. We are getting the chickens in a couple of "installments". The first one contained a Rhoad Island Red rooster, a red hen (unknown breed at this point) and three pullets (possibly the hens). Then two days later we got four more chickens, what appears to be a pair of hens and two more roosters. The first lot took over the roosting section and wont let the new comers into that area. Now we are getting our last installment tomorrow of an unknown number of chickens (possibly any where from 10 to 25, they are unsure). Is there a way to break up the peeking order at this point and let everyone start over and build from ground zero, or is that even possible.

    The Rhoad Island Red is the undisputed boss of the run at this point. He is a big boy! The other two roosters appear to be a young Aracana cross (looks like a porcelin figuine) and the third is an all white with large dark red comb. I have not seen any fighting, just a lot of displaying at this point. Everyone seems to be content with their current position within the flock.

    Out of the three hens we have at this point we have the small red one that came with the Red, a much larger red hen with a missing eye and what appears to be either a EE cross or possibly a game cock cross. She is merled and has long legs and compact body.

    We thank you for any advice in advance, we have some basic husbandry knowledge and were gifted with a very large well constructed run/coop from the previous land owner. All it took was some new wire and an afternoon rebuilding and patching holes. We are excited to begin this new journey and look forward to making new friends.

    Brandi and Kirk
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    The usual way to "take down" a leader is remove him for a week or so then return him. The bird should then re-enter the flock at the bottom of the pecking order. When two or more roos are together, one is going to be the dominant one or leader. How much fighting or violence is involved in maintaining his place varies a lot. Often removing the underlings seems to be the only kind thing to do. Adding more chickens or moving them to a new area will in itself shake up the pecking order. In general, if blood is not being drawn, it's OK to just let them work it out.
     
  3. sissneyfamily

    sissneyfamily New Egg

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    Sorry for the long pause...and thank you very much for the information.
     

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