introducing a new member of the flock

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by stargazingmommy, Jun 12, 2011.

  1. stargazingmommy

    stargazingmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our flock is small. Like 2 outside and 1 inside in a brooder still. outsiders are about 9 wks old. the insider is about 4 wks.
    Outs are a faverolle and brabanter, inside is a buff orpington.
    we also have 2 ducks in a separate run.
    I was separating the duck yard from my now dead.nonexistant garden and took the baby outside to meet the bigs.
    It didn't go well. I don't think there is much danger to the little...he moved(away from the bigs), and the bigs ran and hid inside the coop. They came out, but as soon as little moved, bigs ran and hid.
    I've read how to keep the littles safe during introduction. But I've not seen how to keep the bigs from being terrified of the little fluff butt.
    Ideas?
    I think its still several weeks away from her being thrown to the birds(stuck in the coop with the others), because she can fit her tiny head through the screen things. I dont' want that to be a habit that results in an accident
     
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  2. mljohnson05

    mljohnson05 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 16, 2011
    Missouri
    best thing is to put the little one in a cage that is open view (like wire and not solid like wood) and put that in with the big guys. This allows the little one to run in her own area and the bigs the ability to get away. But it will let them all SEE each other, without worry about attacks on one another. The more often you have them in view of each other, the easier your transition will be when your little one is ready to go outside.

    Best Wishes,
    Laura
     
  3. stargazingmommy

    stargazingmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:thanks, I'll give that a try...I admit to laughing as the big chicks dove head first into the coop though...
     
  4. Rachel'sFlock

    Rachel'sFlock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:100% x2! A gradual transition with plenty of time between small changes is the most trouble-free way. When u do integrate, fully, be sure the little has somewhere to go to escape/hide when they are chased by the bigs.
    Best of luck with your integration.
    Brightest Blessings!
     
  5. stargazingmommy

    stargazingmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Rachel'sFlock :

    Quote:100% x2! A gradual transition with plenty of time between small changes is the most trouble-free way. When u do integrate, fully, be sure the little has somewhere to go to escape/hide when they are chased by the bigs.
    Best of luck with your integration.
    Brightest Blessings!

    So fa the short supervised visits its not the bits picking on little, it's bits terrified of little and running to hide from her​
     

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