new hens in the house

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by maine egg man, Jul 22, 2008.

  1. maine egg man

    maine egg man Out Of The Brooder

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    I have added 4 new pullets 10 weeks old in with the 4 10 week old pullets ( i hope) will have to send pic's so i can get help on breed and gender but i know the 4 i added are pullets 2 brahamas and 2 EE's anyway could keep them apart for a while as space is limited so I placed them in the coop with the others so how long will the others keep picking on the 4 new hens
     
  2. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

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    Quote:Since they are thrust together now, you're committed. Hang tough.
    A few days, a week... it will be something like that. Just give them as much room as you can, since confinement exacerbates the problems of integration.
    Then, keep an eye on them and let 'em sort things out for themselves.
     
  3. maine egg man

    maine egg man Out Of The Brooder

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    thanks that is what I was thinking, should have a little more space since I heard one of the first group crow this morning;)
     
  4. OtneyPrice

    OtneyPrice Out Of The Brooder

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    When I added a few new faces to our flock I was ready to kill the top chicken because she gave our newbies such a hard time. They wouldn't even let one in the coop the first night! They got over it - one new chicken took a month for all the pecking to disappear, and two banties got through the hazing in a couple of days. Just depends on the bird. Just make sure your new chickens have a place to hide and can get enough food and water. I bungee-corded an old baby gate in one corner of my chicken run as a respite area.
     

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