Introducing two 7 month chickens to two 11 month chickens

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by IB chicken, May 3, 2009.

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    Sep 5, 2008
    San Diego, CA
    Hello all,

    We are in the process of introducing two RIRs (7 mos.) with our two barred rocks (11 mos.). The smaller BR is fine with the two RIRs, but the biggest one is a bit feisty. How much aggression is acceptable pecking order stuff and when should we step in and stop the mayhem? The biggest BR likes to jump up and spur the RIR's when she can catch them. She will also peck and pull their feathers. No blood has been drawn and we'd like to keep it that way. We set up a pen inside the roost coop to keep them separate for acclimation. I let them mingle for about five minutes before separating them. Are these breeds OK to have together?
    Any thoughts?
    Thanks Much,
    Boyd and Debbie
    Imperial Beach, CA
     

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