new hens with established small flock

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by friendlyearth, May 16, 2008.

  1. friendlyearth

    friendlyearth Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We added 4 young (but fairly big fully feathered) hens to our flock of 3 hens and 1 rooster last week. The young ones are still getting henpecked. We seem to have two separate flocks. The older hens (who are about a year old) will see the young ones and run over and start attacking. They are buff orpingtons and have great personalities. I am somewhat surprised by the difficulty. The rooster loves them all [​IMG] How long will it take before they act as one flock? My 11yr old daughter (the primary caretaker who will be taking 1 or more to the fair this year in 4H) wants a separate area for the younger ones. I feel this would just prolong the separateness.

    Thanks for your thoughts!

    Peggy
     
    Last edited: May 16, 2008
  2. Sahara

    Sahara Chillin' With My Peeps

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    From everything I have read it says to keep them separate but able to see each other for about a week so they adjust to the fact of more chickens. Eventually the hens will get used to the new ones being around and stop being so aggressive.

    I have a hen that was brought in over a year and she still dodges pecks every now and then. It is part of the pecking order!
     
  3. friendlyearth

    friendlyearth Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks. It has been about a week, hopefully, they will figure out the pecking order and get along better soon.
     

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