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Mini Cooper

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7 Years
May 17, 2013
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Started with a new batch of chicks May 29th and a new coop. Bella is not too sure about the new kids on the block. Bella loves to roam around the yard, and comes running for her treat when I feed our two black labs. When I introduced her to the new babies for visitation time, after 15 minutes, she plucked a feather from one of the gals. So, since then I've kept the visits short. I'm not sure how long it takes to assimilate new with the old bird? They're a cute group, but Charlotte might be a Charlie. They are 10 weeks old, and hopefully 3 are hens.
 

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Welcome back to BYC! @Mini Cooper

They're a cute group, but Charlotte might be a Charlie.
Posting some pics will help us help you.

I'm not sure how long it takes to assimilate new with the old bird?
Where are all the birds living?
Dimensions and pics of coop(s) and run(s) would help here too.

Here's some tips about......
Integration Basics:
It's all about territory and resources(space/food/water).
Existing birds will almost always attack new ones to defend their resources.
Understanding chicken behaviors is essential to integrating new birds into your flock.

Confine new birds within sight but physically segregated from older/existing birds for several weeks, so they can see and get used to each other but not physically interact.

In adjacent runs, spread scratch grains along the dividing mesh, best if mesh is just big enough for birds to stick their head thru, so they get used to eating together.

The more space, the better.
Birds will peck to establish dominance, the pecked bird needs space to get away. As long as there's no copious blood drawn and/or new bird is not trapped/pinned down and beaten unmercilessly, let them work it out. Every time you interfere or remove new birds, they'll have to start the pecking order thing all over again.

Multiple feed/water stations. Dominance issues are most often carried out over sustenance, more stations lessens the frequency of that issue.

Places for the new birds to hide 'out of line of sight'(but not a dead end trap) and/or up and away from any bully birds. Roosts, pallets or boards leaned up against walls or up on concrete blocks, old chairs tables, branches, logs, stumps out in the run can really help. Lots of diversion and places to 'hide' instead of bare wide open run.
Good ideas for hiding places:
https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/a-cluttered-run.1323792/
 

Mini Cooper

Chirping
7 Years
May 17, 2013
9
5
62
The new coop is 8L x 4w x 5'4 h with two 4' roosts . Fencing around the new coop. There is space behind the coop for them to hang out. The chicks are 11 weeks old. The 7yr. old hen sleeps in the old coop that's 4 feet away, and she free ranges during the day. I just started opening the gate to let the chicks venture out of their fenced pen and into the main yard.
 

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