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My New Hens! Help!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Posh Chickens, Feb 25, 2011.

  1. Posh Chickens

    Posh Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 24, 2011
    West Midlands, UK
    I have some new Cochin that I got yesterday, there is 3 and they are not getting along with my Loman Browns at all (Warrens) I can't separate them because I have nowhere to put them! HELP! Please.. What should I do?!
    Last edited: Feb 25, 2011
  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    If there is really no way to seperate them, then you have no choice but to let them work it out. Watch for injuries to the cochins.

    Best thing I think to do is, if you are able to put the Warrens into chicken jail for a while (like a few days) to shake up the pecking order. Then release them back into the cochins with the least aggressive being first and the meanest being last.

    Good luck

  3. BooBear

    BooBear Chicken Cuddler

    Oct 7, 2010
    Conroe, Texas
    How big is your coop and pen?
    Is there enough space to allow you to section part of it with wire so they can see each other?
    Your older girls feel the new ones are intruders and are defending their turf. Also, there is the pecking order to consider.
    It is best to seperate them to where they can see each othet without hurting each other. Introducing new members takes time, patience, and knowing there will be some scuffles as the new pecking order is established.
  4. Posh Chickens

    Posh Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 24, 2011
    West Midlands, UK
    It is a stable, with a big run. I have just added their sister. And man, the old ones won't even go near her. So I will leave them for tonight, and see what happens tomorrow, they keep picking on the POL one, and the one thats a bit younger considering they are bigger. Thanks for the advice, and suggestions what will happen?
    Thanks, Rob.

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