New additions to the coop!

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by ScrambledGreg, May 5, 2011.

  1. ScrambledGreg

    ScrambledGreg Out Of The Brooder

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    Yesterday, I added three buff orpingtons to the coop. I had wanted to get some chicks, because frankly I enjoy raising them, but I had a hard time finding some at the feed stores around here. I decided to go a different route, and found some young ones on Craigslist - two hens and a rooster, about 3 months old.

    Here's a pic of my existing hens - two RIR's and a Black Sexlink. They are two years old.
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    The three Orpingtons...
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    Orpington Rooster doing some strutting and wing-flapping...
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    When it came time to add the new chickens to the coop, I just went ahead and put them all in the big coop to see what would happen. The old hens kept to themselves, and the new Orps looked around. Sure enough, after about 30 minutes, it was on like Donkey Kong...the dominate RIR of the old flock decided to mix it up with the young roo. He stood his ground, and she retreated. They did this for another hour or so, and the Orps got more comfortable with the coop and were walking around and scratching. The roo was beating his wings, puffing out his neck feathers, and trying so hard to crow - but he's a little too young to make the noise...it was fun to watch the integration - my sons were sitting in a nearby window, giving a play-by-play commentary to the scuffles that would break out.

    By the time the sun was going down, they started to get along better...will be watching them today to see how the power struggle plays out.
     
  2. KansasBoy

    KansasBoy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A fun day to watch them for sure! [​IMG]
     
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Nice pics [​IMG]
     
  4. Chickencoop1996

    Chickencoop1996 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good looking birds! [​IMG]
     
  5. uncle rico

    uncle rico Chillin' With My Peeps

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    cool birds [​IMG]
     
  6. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    Very nice chicken run....So clean....looks like you even have grass growing in there! Very pretty birds!
     
  7. ScrambledGreg

    ScrambledGreg Out Of The Brooder

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    Well, the tide has turned...

    When I got home this afternoon, the chickens are still broke apart into their cliques - the old, and the young. The rooster must have been upstaged by the old hens today, because his attitude is very different today - almost like he's watching his back constantly. Not as confidant as yesterday...

    Watched the three newbies watering...then swoops in the black sexlink - and she runs all three off...she gets water, then moves away. The three cautiously return. The pecking order has obviously been established.
     

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