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Neighbors flock mingling w/ my flock

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Bennett Farms, Sep 12, 2016.

  1. Bennett Farms

    Bennett Farms In the Brooder

    Jul 28, 2016

    I am just starting my flock. I have two 5 month old pulletts and am adding 6 more of the same age plus a roo today. My neighbors, one next door and one across the street, have chickens also. They free range them periodically.

    My question is when I begin to free range mine whats to stop their chickens and my chickens from mingling?

    All and any suggestions are appreciated

  2. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

    Apr 24, 2016
    Welcome to Backyard chickens Bennetfarms!! I hope you enjoy it and the camaraderie here and everybody that goes nuts over chickens (me being one of them....) Have fun! And ask questions! I am not sure exactly what to do to keep from hanging out together. I have heard somebody say that they put zipties on their chickens legs to tell them apart, but I don't think that is a great idea myself.
  3. SueT

    SueT Crowing

    May 27, 2015
    SW MO
    Welcome to BYC and good luck with your chicken venture! Probably your chickens will keep to themselves, as will the neighbors'. They are always suspicious of outsiders. The big issue facing you today is integrating your new chickens with the originals. May I suggest you read some forums on integrating new members to the flock.
    And may I add to the suggestion against zip ties on legs....please don't anyone do this. If the end gets pulled (and chickens love to pick at things like this) the tie just gets tighter and tighter.
  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  5. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    That's just the problem...nothing keeps the flocks from co-mingling. And you don't know if your neighbor's birds are healthy or might not be and infect your flock. One of the perils of free ranging. Not sure what the solution, other than a fence, would be.
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    If your neighbors have roosters, often it is the free ranging rooster that lures (your hens- or others) to join his flock. I would really suggest you put up a large enclosed run with top to keep other flocks from mingling with yours. If not they may spread disease and mites, etc. to your birds, and will eat up your feed if they like yours better. Conversely your birds may like someone else's property better and lay their eggs over there and not come home.
  7. Bennett Farms

    Bennett Farms In the Brooder

    Jul 28, 2016
    The two ladys i have right now I just got. They are still settling in to their new home, they are coop kept right now. You mentioned care when adding new cicks. What do you suggest if the ones im getting are same age as the ones I have, and will be new to the coop as well. Do i use the same care as if the two were an established set? Or since it is so close to being new is it ok to add them?

  8. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Welcome to BYC! It's great to have you.

    Free range flocks will indeed mingle. Which might be an issue or it might not be. If both flocks are healthy and each goes back to its coop to lay and sleep, I don't see an issue. However if they get confused about who's coop is who's... that could be a problem. Zip ties work great as markers to differentiate chickens, I've used 'em for years. Gotta put em on adult birds only though, so they don't outgrow them.
  9. Bennett Farms

    Bennett Farms In the Brooder

    Jul 28, 2016

    Zip ties are not an option. I dont want anything that might be harmful to the birds.

    I let the ladys out into the run Sunday. The neighbors flock was out free, and the rooster came over to the fence and started fluffing his wings and feathers. Was he trying to impress or tell them to follow him? Will he continue to do that? When I get my rooster should I keep an eye out for the other one? Or since mine are the run do I have anything to worry about?

    I would like to free range mine eventually so they can stretch their wings and enjoy more of the yummy treats the yard has to offer. Not sure how thats gonna work with the other flock next door
  10. Lost Farmer

    Lost Farmer In the Brooder

    Sep 20, 2016
    You can band a chicken by the leg, just cut the excess really short so even if they do peck at it they cant pull it tight. I had 3 blind birds and used zip ties to know which was which. As for introducing them, i use wire dog crates. Its a barrier between them and the older chickens. They will chill in the crate foe 2 or 3 days, letting everyone become acquainted. Also, when you let the chickens out into the coop with other chickens, do it at night when they are all going to sleep. It helps with integration. As for the rooster, he was trying to woo your girls. Its what he does, do you plan on hatching eggs? If not, a rooster isnt really needed, but they are a blast to watch. YES you need to watch the other rooster when you get yours. Typically if theres a substantial amount of ladies, the roosters will leave each other alone, or they may fight and only one will survive.

    I would go over to the neighbors house and inspect their flock, and invite them to come over to your coop as well. Inspect for cleanliness and for disease. Who knows, they may have a breed you wish to breed one of your chicks with.
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