My chickens are pecking the new one!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by ameliachickens, Sep 28, 2015.

  1. ameliachickens

    ameliachickens Out Of The Brooder

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    I have recently got two new bantam silkie chickens and I want to add them to my 2 sex-link chickens, 1 Rhode island red rooster and 1 lemon leghorn orpington. 1 of my sex-link is broody, so she is not a problem. My other sex-link is pecking on the two new silkies when ever I put them in the run. The rooster joins in on pecking the silkies when the sex-link pecks them. I have tried putting up distractions, and even putting the silkies in a makeshift area next to my regular hens run so they could see eachother but not get to eachother. But I cant have two seperate runs for them becauseI am constantly traveling. Does anybody have any suggestions? It would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    [​IMG] Chicken society can be brutal. Established birds pick on new/smaller birds. Silkies and bantams generally do well with large birds if they are raised together. Because of their smaller size, gentle temperments, and diminished vision it can be very difficult to add silkies to an established flock. Provide hiding places, areas which are designed so that the silkies can enter but the large birds can not. Provide feed and water in these protected areas, and hopefully time will solve your problem.
     
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  3. ameliachickens

    ameliachickens Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks
     
  4. N F C

    N F C dem crazy bones Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    You've received great advice from sourland so I'll just say hello & good luck!
     
  5. Hholly

    Hholly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had the same issue a while back and ended up having to rehome a particularly aggressive hen who would viciously attack my silkies, even after several weeks of them being penned up inside the main coop. Silkies look so different that they really attract aggressive attention. I had to separate another aggressive hen after integrating them, for several days, because she was trying to keep them away from the food and waterers. After about 10 days of her being separated, she is much better and only goes after them if they get in her space.

    Good luck!
     
  6. ArashiZInazuma

    ArashiZInazuma New Egg

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    Hello Amelia!~ This is London~ Just wanted to say hi...! Barred Rocks are BEAUTIFUL!
     
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  8. trailrider330

    trailrider330 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to the BYC flock! We are glad you joined us!

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  9. ameliachickens

    ameliachickens Out Of The Brooder

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    Any other suggestions?
     
  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Yes, you can try pinless peepers on ALL the attackers. If prevents birds from seeing straight ahead, so their aim is off. I would imagine while they wear them they don't have thoughts about doing anything else - except getting them off. Put" pinless peepers" in the search box so you can check them out.
     

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