New to chickens ~ Many Question!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Reptigirl, Mar 19, 2011.

  1. Reptigirl

    Reptigirl In the Brooder

    Mar 13, 2011
    San Antonio, Tx
    I've got so many questions! Hopefully I can get some good suggestions as to what to do.

    First off I have finally mixed my 2 groups of chickens and things are not going too well.

    Group 1 is 3 Japanese Bantams ( 2 Roos & 1 Hen) & RIR. The Bantams are about 5 months old and the RIR is about 3-4 months old.
    Group 2 is a New Hampshire X RIR , 2 Barred Rocks & 2 Laced Wyandottes Crosses. These are 2.5 months old.

    #1: My biggest problem here is the Barred Rock and the New Hampshire X are beating EVERYONE up (Even the one's they were hatched and raised with). The RIR is the largest yet still get's picked on. She normally runs away unless they are picking on her Bantam boy. The poor Bantams were taking the worst of it . I separated the bullies for about 24 hours. I felt bad for them tonight being in such a small area so I let everyone mingle in our largest run ( 10 X 12) that was totally neutral grounds. (None of them had ever been in that pen before.) Within minutes the bullying started. Tried to let it settle on it's own but after about 30 minutes the 2 of them were grabbing some of the other chickens and really holding on, pulling out feathers and the whole cage was in chaos and running in every direction. To my knowledge everyone in the pen is a pullet except for 2 of the Bantams. I have separated them again and plan to leave them like that for the next 2 weeks. Then reintroducing them once I have moved the Bantams out and introduced the Cochin Roo to the pen . Maybe once he is in their they will not be able to bully anyone. Any other suggestions? Once they are removed everything is calm and everyone goes about normally.

    #2: I was not expecting the two Bantam Roo's. I am picking up a smaller Cochin Roo tomorrow who is about 4-5 months old. He was the roo I was planning on getting all along. I am thinking about re-homing one of the Bantam roo's and then putting the Bantam pair together in their own run. But here is an odd part that I don't understand. The RIR is very attached to the Bantam roo I want to re-home. She wont let him leave her site. For the most part he doesn't seem to mind and stay's close to him. She also watches over him. She will actually move him in the direction she wants him to go and he will hide underneath her if anyone tries to bully him. A few times he has gotten out of the run they are in and she goes nuts making a big fuss trying to find a way to get to him. Overall the bantams and the RIR stick together and want no part of the other group. If I remove all the Bantams will she eventually get over her bonding with them and start to mingle with the other group?

    #3: Just curious but is their ANY chance that the Japanese Bantam roo and the Cochin roo could co-exist? Maybe not in the same pen but at least be able to free roam on 3 acres at the same time? Or is 6 months of age too old to introduce them? Any suggestions on maybe getting it to work out?

  2. Judy

    Judy Crowing Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
  3. cobrien

    cobrien Songster

    Mar 16, 2009
    Oakland, CA
    Not sure if you have done this, but I would house the 2 bullies that you've removed separately, not together. When you re-introduce them first try to separate them with a fence so they can see the others for a while.
  4. Reptigirl

    Reptigirl In the Brooder

    Mar 13, 2011
    San Antonio, Tx
    Thanks for the info. The link was helpful.

    Funny thing is neither of the roo's are causing a problem. Actually they are the two that are picked on.

    Decided last night just to remove the Bantams. Even though they are older ( 6 months) they are taking the most beating. We even attached a temporary additional run that was about 10 X 20 to their current area. The bigger pullets (That are only 2 months old) were still going out of there way to chase the bantams around most of the day. They were not satisfied that the bantams were hiding they were still trying to peck at them. Finishing up there new coop tonight so they can have some peace. That way the bigger egg layers can just battle it out on their own.

    As far as keeping the roo's together. Just going to see how long it works out. Both are fine together right now. If they start to fight then one will have to be re-homed.

  5. IlovemyPeep&mypeeps

    IlovemyPeep&mypeeps In the Brooder

    Feb 17, 2011
    Quote:Thanks for the link. That's really helpful.
    I buy all my adult layers from the same lady. Hers are NPIP certified clean. Do I still need to quarantine?

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