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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by eoliverpeck, Oct 22, 2013.

  1. eoliverpeck

    eoliverpeck Out Of The Brooder

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    HELLO ALL!

    I am new to this forum and having backyard chickens. I had 2 buff orpingtons and 2 production reds but something got a hold of one of my reds and well...down to 3 :( So we decided we would get 2 more to add to the flock and ended up getting 2 white leghorn pullets, we didnt have much of a choice in breeds due to not having many breeders around here in Maryland and only a handful of ppl even selling their hens. Well these girls are a couple months younger then mine and were going to keep them separated from my flock for the 2-4 week quarantine and introduce them slowly, but just wanted to get some opinions on this.
    My Red girl is head of the flock and my husband didnt know about the slow introduction process and let them go together and then I saw him in there frantically getting Red off of the younger pullet and saw her going after the pullets neck. Should I put Red away from the new girls when i add them? my Buffs really dont seem to care much about them (we have the younger girls in a large dog crate once I told my husband to get them away from the older girls).


    I look forward to reading more on here and getting some awesome advice on "seasoned" chicken owners.
    Few things about me:


    I live in suburban MD on .4 acre. I back up to woods and my neighbors think its awesome I have chickens. [​IMG] We have a coop that houses 6-8 hens with 3 nesting boxes. My original girls I raised from 1 week old and are easy to handle, NOT flighty and love my kids. (new girls are VERY flighty I have to use a net to catch them). My 2 Buffs and 1 Production Red are 7 months old and laying nicely.
     
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  2. chickenboy190

    chickenboy190 Overrun With Chickens

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    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    AK Baha Chillin' With My Peeps

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    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    [​IMG] Since the buff orps don't seem to mind the new girls, maybe RED needs some time out in a cage or enclosure away from them. If she is chicken jail for a few days when she is put back in the flock the pecking order may have changed and she will be knocked down a few places. If she still is very hostile to the new birds you could rehome her or try with putting a wire partition between her and the buffs & newbies, so she can see everyone but cause no harm.
     
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  7. All Henned Up

    All Henned Up Muffs or Tufts

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    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us!
     
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    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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