my chickens dont seem to be getting along.....

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by nsturchio, Feb 27, 2014.

  1. nsturchio

    nsturchio Out Of The Brooder

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    This is our first time owning chickens and we have 4 Rhode Island reds and 3 top hats. the reds are about 5 months and the top hats are 3 months. we have a fairly large coup with plenty of room but it seems as if the reds are running the top hats out into the weather. the tops spend the night in the far corner of their run instead of the coup. just curious if this is normal behavior and anything to be concerned about.
     
  2. Chicka and Co

    Chicka and Co Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm pretty sure that's normal. Rhode Island Reds can be quite a dominant and aggressive breed.
     
  3. Chicka and Co

    Chicka and Co Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm pretty sure that's normal. Rhode Island Reds can be quite a dominant and aggressive breed.
     
  4. nsturchio

    nsturchio Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks should I be concerned about this? Or do they just work it out on their own.
     
  5. Chicka and Co

    Chicka and Co Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't think you need to be too worried unless feather picking occurs or you start to see blood or bald patches on your chickens. I've never kept RIRs before but I have kept red hybrid layers which were bred originally bred from RIRs, they don't really like other chickens but I have never had serious problems with them. Your chickens will probably sort it all out.


    Do your chickens seem to be eating enough?
     
  6. chickenboy190

    chickenboy190 Overrun With Chickens

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    Your chickens I would say are working out the pecking order.
     
  7. nsturchio

    nsturchio Out Of The Brooder

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    I think they eat plenty and otherwise seem to do fine.My concern was that bad weather such as today (cold and rainy Colorado) doesn't seem to change much the top hats are still huddled up outside. Should I shut them in the coup during bad weather.
     
  8. TheEggCollecter

    TheEggCollecter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Totally normal. RIR are a dominant breed, they are just straightening out pecking order.
     

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