new here and needing help

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by nlynes, Sep 21, 2014.

  1. nlynes

    nlynes Hatching

    Aug 4, 2014
    I have two Rhode island reds, two leg horns and a duck. All five I got at the same time in February. I now have two more chicks I got about two months ago and am trying to introduce to the flock. One of my reds and my duck are awful mean to the babies. Once they start in on the babies the others follow suit. It has gotten to the point one of my babies has had it's back pecked clean. They are scared to death to be out with the flock and won't even go in the coop at night so I am still bringing them in at night. Is there anything I can do?
    Last edited: Sep 21, 2014
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    YES, separate them before the other birds kill them.

    Chicken pecking order and all - you can't just throw new birds in with an established flock. You need a gradual introduction where you use a wire barrier to divide the coop and run - one side for newbies, one for oldies. This way they can see each other with no harm done. After some time the oldies won't be so interested in them.

    I see there is a good several months difference in ages. Wait till the chicks are about the same size as your older birds, before integrating them into the flock. You can use the above barrier method or have the new babies in crates - so the older birds can view them and get used to them being there. Of course your new ones have been traumatized badly and are in no rush to meet them.
  3. nlynes

    nlynes Hatching

    Aug 4, 2014
    I did use the crate method for nearly two weeks. My duck is the worst with them. Once she starts the others start in. I'll go back to using the crate method and keep bringing them in at night.
  4. SpeckledHills

    SpeckledHills Songster

    May 25, 2008
    It would be a very good idea to keep them separated for now. When the new ones are older, there are tips you can use to help with integration on the "Flock Peacekeeping" page on the website linked in my sig below.
    It's good you're looking out for your little guys!
  5. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. I'm a chicken person and don't know much about ducks (although I've had a few), but I have to admit that ducklings are the ultimate in cute. If you need any specific information on your duck, do take advantage of our duck experts on our duck section at There is a good article on introducing new chickens into an already existing flock at Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck in integrating the new birds to your flock.
  6. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you.

    I don't know much about duck's either. X2 on the above advice.
  7. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    You've received some good advice already. Good luck!
  8. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    How old are these chicks? If they are too young, they are going to be harmed by the older birds. They need to be at least 3 or 4 months old before you mix them in. And the separation cage time should last about 4 weeks prior to mixing. When you do mix them in, add more feeding and watering stations as the older flock will want to guard these areas and can starve them out. Make sure you have enough space in your coop and run. 5 square feet per bird in the coop, 10 square feet per bird in the run.

    If you have a hen that is very aggressive, you may need to cage her or even use pinless peepers on her to control her aggression. Generally it is one bird that starts it and they all join in.

    So make sure these chicks are old enough and nearly the same size as the others, use a 4 week intro from behind a cage and add more food and water stations at mixing time. Cage or use pinless peepers on meanies.

    Good luck with your flock and welcome to ours!
  9. nlynes

    nlynes Hatching

    Aug 4, 2014
    One is three and the other I 3 1/2. Like is said it's one red and the duck that start it. I'll keep em in the separator for a couple more weeks and continue to bring them in at night. The red is even aggressive towards anyone who goes in the run.
  10. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    The above posters have given you good advice.
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