Joining of the flocks!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by mcourtney6, Feb 18, 2015.

  1. mcourtney6

    mcourtney6 Hatching

    Feb 15, 2015
    New Jersey
    We have 2 breeds of chickens. Bantams (June will be a year that we have had them from babies) 1Rooster and 3hens. And we also have 6 Buff Orpington's. They are 20.5 weeks..we just got one of their firsts eggs the other day! We have a pretty big coop and run attached to it. We currently still have the chickens separated..buffs are in a huge pen we built in the garage and the bantams are outside..when ever we get the chance we let them free range together (not much lately bc of all the snow) the bantam hens are very mean the the buffs. I feel like it's never going to happen that we can put them in the big pen all together..while free ranging if the buffs get to close to the bantams the bantam hens go after the buffs. Not so much the rooster though. I'm at a loss on what to do about it..we have put them all in the pen and my husband and myself have even sat in there with them and the bantams will still attack the buffs...they are all super friendly except the 3 bantam hens..even the rooster is very friendly. He rubs on your leg like a cat for you to pet him or pick him up but the little hens will run away they never want to be around people..if I can't work something out I may have to get rid of them :(. Has anyone else had a problem joining flocks?
  2. BayBay Peepers

    BayBay Peepers Crowing

    Apr 5, 2013
    Welcome to BYC!

    It takes a bit of time to combine two flocks. Letting them see each other is a good thing. It is going to take some time for them to figure out their pecking order. After they've hung out a while do the nighttime add. I wait until it's completely dark and then add my new ones. So far it's worked like a charm.
  3. N F C

    N F C no time like snow time

    Dec 12, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! As @BayBay Peepers said, it takes time. Just watch when they are together that no one ends up bloody and let the birds sort it out.

    Nice to have you join us.
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Your bantie hens must have "Chihuahua syndrome" where they believe they are big and tough. Since the rooster is docile, I think I would rehome the hens, and get him new, younger banties. That way they will be somewhat intimidated by the large, older Orps and show some respect.
  5. mcourtney6

    mcourtney6 Hatching

    Feb 15, 2015
    New Jersey
    Thanks. I hope it works..The buffs don't defend themselves I feel so bad, and when they are in the pen all together all the buffs are huddled in a corner scared looking..grr
  6. BayBay Peepers

    BayBay Peepers Crowing

    Apr 5, 2013
    Another approach is to take the banties out. Let them cool off somewhere for a couple days while the buffs get comfy. Then add them back in. I did that with chicks once of varying ages. It was a long shot, but it worked. It was like the bigger chicks thought they were entering someone else's territory and they didn't pick on the wee ones at all.
  7. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]I'm glad you joined us.

    I'm sorry to hear about your difficulties integrating two groups of birds! It can be hard to do, and involve some fighting. Are the bantams drawing blood or preventing the Orpingtons from eating/drinking? If they are not, then I would leave them be. Eventually, all the birds should get along together. It may take a week or longer, but a pecking order will be developed.

    I suggest taking a look at these links:

    Adding To Your Flock
    Integrating Flocks
    How to integrate your chicken flock the easy way

    They may have some helpful information on integrating flocks.[​IMG] Good luck!
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2015
  8. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO.

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us!
  9. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] I'm glad you joined our "flock!"
  10. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!

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