My flocks are acting weird towards each other. Any ideas?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by cupman, Jan 31, 2012.

  1. cupman

    cupman Songster

    Apr 12, 2011
    Portland, OR
    I have a flock of seven 18 week-olds and a flock of eight 12 week-olds. I put them together for the first time about a week ago and they were shy from each other at first. The big flock would chase the small flock around but there wasn't hardly any fighting, maybe a couple pecks. Well by the end of the day they were grazing together and life was good.... I thought, "Wow, that was easy." Well, it's been a week and it seems the flocks have grown apart. They all use different waterers and feeders and don't hang out around each other.

    Will they eventually grow to accept each other or will this just be how they are?

  2. Smiles-N-Sunshine

    Smiles-N-Sunshine Songster

    Oct 19, 2008
    Palominas, Arizona
    Sounds about right. My guess is they'll eventually blend together, especially if they're similar breeds. Now they're kind of like Sophomores and Freshmen, in a few months they'll be out of high school and on a more even footing.

    I integrate newbies into the flock they same way, with separate roosts and feeding/watering stations. I start in separate parts of the yard, where they can't see each other, and gradually move them closer together.
  3. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    What I have noticed when I have gone through this after flock integration is that certain individual chickens in the younger flock are accepted by the older girls, but not all.

    And then there are instances of two individual chickens who make friends from the two groups and hang around each other a lot, but that younger one isn't popular with everyone.

    Reminds me of high school LOL.
  4. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Crowing

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    They will do fine as long as there is not fighting, as time goes by they will intermingle more.

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