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Merging groups when they hate each other

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Larkspur88, Apr 24, 2011.

  1. Larkspur88

    Larkspur88 Songster

    Apr 3, 2011
    South Carolina
    I'm having trouble merging my younger birds with the birds that are about 4 weeks older. I thought about removing my rooster. He's the worst, but my pullets are just as bad. The older group is about 8 weeks. The younger group has a misfit 8 week old they won't let join them anymore, four or five week old EEs (5 of them), 1 3 week old mutt, and a couple tiny babies who aren't ready to play outside. The rooster makes this reeeeeeeet sound when he sees them and him and the older pullets will peck violently at the other group. Now I can let them all loose in the yard and they are ok. They just form two flocks and keep a distance. But I'm at a point now I need the large pullet and the Easter Eggers out of the baby tub as it's too cramped. I need them in the dog kennel with the others at night, but they'd be attacked! How do I work with them to sort out this dominance problem?
    Last edited: Apr 24, 2011

  2. Judy

    Judy Crowing Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia

    would be best to keep them separate til they are all full size. There really isn't anything to do about the pecking order, they are going to sort it out their way in the end. Since yours can get at each other during the day, they have already done some of this, so you could just let them have at it and hope no one gets bloody. You will need to separate the bloody one if this happens.
  3. centrarchid

    centrarchid Free Ranging

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    You have the subflock system I had going on last year. If they are not forced together, social structure will persist until birds are adult. Then new social groups may form if adequate resources available.

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