my chickens are so smart

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by bj taylor, May 30, 2012.

  1. bj taylor

    bj taylor Songster

    Oct 28, 2011
    North Central Texas
    my babies have been integrating w/four older girls. it's gone really well. tonight the little ones got up on the roost w/the big girls no fuss no muss. alot of conversation going on, but no bad attitudes.
    aren't chickens great?!
  2. It sounds like yours are doing great! :O) What breeds are you integrating, how old are both sets, and what approach did you use to get such a great success?
  3. bj taylor

    bj taylor Songster

    Oct 28, 2011
    North Central Texas
    my four big girls five months old are one each of barred rock, black australorp, buff orp, and silver laced w. the babies are about 8 wks old. two production reds (they were supposed to be BO), two black aust, and one delaware.
    i strung chicken wire across part of the run. i put the babies in a temp coop (rabbit hutch). they stayed like that for a couple of weeks. then i cut a little hole in the bottom of the chicken wire in a couple of spots so the little ones could pass through but the big ones couldn't. the little ones began venturing into the main run. whenever the big ones got too rough, they would run back into their own territory. they spent more & more time w/ the big ones. after about 3 wks i took the chicken wire down. then in about a week i put the babies in the coop after the big girls had gone up onto the roost. i stayed there for quite awhile to supervise. i did this for a couple of nights. then the babies started going in the coop themselves ( i had taken their temp coop away). they would huddle in a corner & raise heck. the big ones would watch from their roost, but made no attempt to go after them.
    the past few nights the two young black aust got themselves up on the roost. the big ones made no effort to do anything about it. after two nights of this, the whole young pack are up on the roost with the big girls.
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  4. That is such a good strategy--- wow. I'm going to save it as a 'how to' for when my bunch of chicks gets ready to integrate. Thanks for posting.

    ETA - smart chickens, smart owner too ;O)
    Last edited: May 31, 2012
  5. mollymoore

    mollymoore In the Brooder

    May 29, 2012
    That sounds like a really great idea! Thanks for sharing that.
  6. bucky52

    bucky52 Songster

    Apr 26, 2011
    i never thought about cutting little holes in the wire.i need to intergrate my young ones with the big girls.the young ones are three months old and they are almost as big as my hens.they have been side by side for two months.with chicken wire seperating them.when i go into the young ones run to feed them the hens will follow me in. the young one are terrified of them and will run and get up on the roost.

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