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New hens not getting along with others

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by oakleyguy89, May 13, 2016.

  1. oakleyguy89

    oakleyguy89 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey guys so last week I got some new hens. A black rock and a blue bantam cochin. Well these two are not letting my silver laced roost on the bars and they are forced to lay in the nesting boxes. Any idea what I can do?
     
  2. junebuggena

    junebuggena Overrun With Chickens

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    It's fairly normal behavior. Having more than one roosting bar can help.
     
  3. oakleyguy89

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    I have two roosting bars already
     
  4. junebuggena

    junebuggena Overrun With Chickens

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    How big is your coop, and how many birds do you have in it?
     
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    It's 4x4 with 4 birds
     
  6. junebuggena

    junebuggena Overrun With Chickens

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    So just barely big enough for an established flock. When integrating new flock members, space beyond the minimum is important for a smooth transition. If a bigger coop isn't an option, your old girls will just have to deal with sleeping in the boxes until they get used to the new girls, which could take months.
     
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    I do let all the girls free range during the day to help them get more accustomed to each other. They all get along during that time, it's just when they get inside do they get pecked on. My original girls are younger as well so from research could be a big part as well. There's not been any blood or anything, just the occasional Peck and squawk. It just breaks my heart because I feel bad for them, but every flock has to have a pecking order
     
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