new chickens

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by michael94, Feb 27, 2008.

  1. michael94

    michael94 Chirping

    Jul 5, 2007
    Can anyone tell me how I can introduce bantam chickens to a flock of regular size chickens. I try to mix a few of them in my larger pen and every time the larger chickens goes to pecking them rather fiercely. Is it possible to get them used to each other without the bantams getting pecked to death?

  2. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

    Feb 11, 2008
    Waterloo, Nebraska
    Put the bantams in a large cage in the coop where the others can get used to seeing them. Leave them there a few days. Introduce them to the flock only if there is a large area. The larger the better. If any of the big chickens are overly aggressive, catch them and put them in the cage. Leave them there a few days. Chickens have short memories, and then when the bullies come back, they will be the new kids. This will only work if your flock is small and you have adequate room. Also, if the Bantams are new, make sure they are quarantined adequately before they go near your coop. If any of of your chickens are the aggressive type, you might not be able to mix them.

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