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introducing a older hen to young chickens?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by peepsthebrassy, Oct 30, 2015.

  1. peepsthebrassy

    peepsthebrassy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have four chicks ranging from 5 months to almost 6 months and I want to put my 7 year old hen with them. she is mean so should I wait to put them together until the youngest is 6 months old or in two months from now? I don't want them to be afraid of her. My cockerel has tried to be mean to her but he is not very mean to her when he does.
     
  2. appps

    appps Overrun With Chickens

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    As long as they are a similar size it should be okay to try though if she is particularly mean I'd watch her like a hawk and I would actually introduce her to them on their home turf not the other way round so that she is a little out of her comfort zone.

    She is going to peck them and may even jump on them and peck them. As long as they can get away when she does, she isn't holding them down when she jumps on them and she doesn't draw blood it should sort itself out over about a week of putting together. She will keep pecking them till she is sure they know she is the boss but once she thinks they have that she should just settle down to the odd peck now and then to remind them.

    Oh and don't worry if they are afraid of her,they are never going to be besties no matter what you do and they are much better off being a bit wary of her from day one if she isn't a very nice hen. Eventually the young ones will work out their own pecking order and she will start to tolerate different ones among it.

    And a last thought, have you got other hens or is she it? If others I'd probably seperate her and get the rest of the flock used to them first so they only have her to worry about.
     
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  3. shortgrass

    shortgrass Overrun With Chickens

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    IMO, putting meanie in a pen next to but still fenced off from contact for a couple weeks first would be less traumatic for all involved. Gives her time to look at them and get used to being around them.

    When you integrate, a good idea is to have cubbies or areas where the youngsters can get away or hide from the meanie, who will end up being top hen,most likely.

    There'll be pecking, and squabbles over the roost, but doing a slow integration can help alleviate stress and bloodshed :)
     
  4. appps

    appps Overrun With Chickens

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    Yes very good point, I forgot to put that, I always have mine near the others for a few weeks first so they aren't total strangers.
     
  5. peepsthebrassy

    peepsthebrassy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well i have been putting them in to separate cages for about 1 mouth now. The cages are close to ware they can see each other and sort of interact. she seems to be doing better now. Two of the chicks are like 5 inches taller then her( the rooster storm and mango the top hen) storm recently started to be mean to her and now she respects him as at the top of the pecking order. Will she stay respecting him? She is in there area(coop or run)or they all are took to a new area and put together. I watch her like a hawk. Will mango stay top hen because of her size or will peeps become top hen? Mango and storm are full size and bantam mixes. Peeps is bantam. The other two are smaller bantam breeds so I know she will be above Neo and Figir. Noe is lowest in the pecking order she is also the youngest at 5 mouths.
     

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