Neighbor just bought a flock, Can I still free range my chickens ?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Kerri1, Apr 11, 2016.

  1. Kerri1

    Kerri1 New Egg

    Apr 11, 2016
    I have a small group of 3 partridge Plymouth rock hens that have been free ranging on my back lot for the last 3 years. My neighbor just got chicks and plans to free range his on his small backyard adjacent to ours. We have no fencing. My chickens always stay near the house but I am concerned they will not get along. He isn't sure what type of chicks he bought, he said possibly Rhode Island reds. Should I just build a fenced in structure?? I don't want my girls hurt by the new one's. Any suggestions??
  2. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  3. Lukedawg

    Lukedawg Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 12, 2015
    Akron, IN
    Wow a lot of question marks on this one...
    If it were me I would likely play it out and see how it goes. My concerns are these...
    They may enjoy each other's company to the extent that they begin to merge into one flock as you may see your hens in his coop or them in yours.
    You also may see them fight to the point they leave each other alone... ( I doubt this would be the case )
    If they start to integrate they would begin setting a new pecking order as yours are older they would more than likely be the ones hurting your neighbors flock trying to remain in control.
    My question is will there be any Roos present in either flock? If so that would change the game completely.
    A fence is a simple solution but no fence will allow for a very good learning opportunity!!
  4. dekel18042

    dekel18042 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2013
    X2 I'm assuming you don't have a rooster, but if he does, I'm going to guess the rooster is going to try to integrate your hens into his flock.
    I do think the birds may well try to integrate. If you don't want that to happen, put up a fence.
    Or if the chickens get along and you and your neighbor get along and the birds lay different color eggs, you can just make sure you all get the right eggs. But then it might be a case of which chickens are eating whose food?
  5. mlm Mike

    mlm Mike Sunna and Mani Premium Member Project Manager

    Aug 14, 2010
    Hardy Township, OH
  6. Texaschicken223

    Texaschicken223 Just Hatched

    Apr 9, 2016
    It's possible for the birds to coexist but it's also very common for chickens to not be very welcoming to unfamiliar chickens however I've only seen this happen when someone tried to add one adult hen into her flock of other hens and then hens rejected the new comer.
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    I would fence your birds in - otherwise you can get cross infections/diseases etc. If the birds are good flyers you may have to angle the fence at the top to keep his/yours birds separate. I do think fences make the best neighbors in this case.
  8. N F C

    N F C doo be doo be doo Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    I also believe fences make good neighbors.

    Good luck!
  9. Kerri1

    Kerri1 New Egg

    Apr 11, 2016
    Thanks for all the replies. I was, one ,concerned for safety, and leaning towards building a large fenced in area. Health is another concern, so limiting interaction is good. And for obvious reasons I don't want my chickens to "coop" with theirs or vice versa, as I already have my own flock. So good fences makes good neighbors is the way to go. :)
  10. Kerri1

    Kerri1 New Egg

    Apr 11, 2016
    No rooster on my end , I do not know on theirs. But after reading all the replies I believe the easiest solution is a large fenced in area for my girls. Thanks

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