My experiment....

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Stevenson, Sep 13, 2011.

  1. Stevenson

    Stevenson Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 36 chickens, 3 different ages and 6 different breeds - all supposed to be in the same coop/run.

    19 are now 22 weeks old (Delaware, New Hampshire and Partridge Rock)
    11 are 19.5 weeks old (Speckled Sussex and Dominique)
    6 are 17 weeks old (Wheaten Ameraucana)
    (ages as of today)

    My 22 week old chickens were content to spend time outside in the run area (72'x56') with the 19.5 week old chickens, but didn't like to share the coop. The 19.5 week old chickens kept their distance, but tried to sleep on the grow out pen where I was keeping the 17 week old chickens. Each night I was taking the 19.5 week old chickens and putting them in the coop on the roost. Something had to change!

    One night i decided to mix things up. I moved the 22 week and 19.5 week old chickens into the coop. Then took all the 22 week old roosters (which were giving the poor hens a lot of "time") and put them in a grow out pen. I then locked all the 22 week old hens and the 19.5 week old chickens up in the coop for 3 days. I let the 17 week old chickens out to free range in the run. After the three days, I let the hens out and they seemed to be ok with the 17 week olds (while in the run area). Once again I had a chickens (17 week old) that wouldn't go into the coop. So last night , I locked all the ages up in the coop overnight. This morning, the 17 week old chickens were hiding in the corners of the coop, so I let everyone out. Tonight....one of the 17 week old roosters was in the coop on the roost! I brought the rest in and locked everyone up again. I am hoping that they will get the point as well.

    My next move will be to re-introduce the roosters (7 of them, which will be reduced to 5 once i figure out which to keep) one at a time to the flock in hopes that the dynamic will remain in place.

    The darn pecking order is killing me!
     
  2. citychickx6

    citychickx6 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My head hurts now.


    LOL sounds like fun.
     
  3. Stevenson

    Stevenson Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:LOL I know! I was struggling with how to explain what I did......lol apparently it was still a poor explanation.

    Quick version: I am trying to get all my chickens to play nice with each other.
     
  4. citychickx6

    citychickx6 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The explanation was fine. I understood it all quite well. LOL just a lot of moving the silly critters around. I wish I had an idea for you that is yet to be tried.
    I think locking them in the coop is the most helpful thing I could think of to get them to go in on their own.
    No ideas how to make them be nice, sorry.
    My silly little beggars could never figure it out so I built a second coop. [​IMG]
     
  5. Stevenson

    Stevenson Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:That is in the plans for next year....actually, I figure I'll be building at least 3 more next year LOL
     
  6. duckinnut

    duckinnut Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I applaud what your trying but think that there never will be total harmony within the coop. As numbers increase so do personalities and with that there will be conflict. I added 6 to my 11 back a few months ago and fully expected some strife for the newbies,even put up an extra roost or them. Like you said during the day everybody just does the its my food get lost thing but otherwise get along. At bedtime there is in-fighting on the roosts among everyone,new on new, old on old and old on new and vie versa.

    I doesnt matter what you put together, chickens,people,cows or whatever there will always be conflict.[​IMG]
     
  7. Stevenson

    Stevenson Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Yep, and I don't mind a little conflict. They can pick on each other, but I don't want any real injuries to occur. I am trying this method to get everyone to sleep in the coop.
     

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