new pecking order - how long does it take to establish??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by sparky134, Oct 21, 2011.

  1. sparky134

    sparky134 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi everyone, It has been 1 week since I mixed 3 australorps and 1 amerucana that are about 26 weeks old to 3 golden comets that are 1 1/2 yrs. old. The australorps are just awful to the GC chasing away from the feed, pecking and fighting. This is the worst I have experienced in the 4 years I have been raising chickens. I know they have to establish the new pecking order but how LONG do you think that takes?? Will it ever get better or will they always fight?? I feel for my GC they are so sweet and this is the first time I raised australops and the reason I did is I thought they were a docile bird???
     
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    sparky134 Out Of The Brooder

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    HELLO does anyone have any ideas - should I try peepers??
     
  3. Farm_Maven

    Farm_Maven Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Tishomingo
    I had intro'd some younger BCM's to my flock about 6 wks ago, and they still get picked on some, and still kinda stay separate from the rest of the flock.
     

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