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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by aliciaford, Jun 27, 2008.

  1. aliciaford

    aliciaford In the Brooder

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    I am a newbie, and I will be the first to say that I should have listened to the advise I got from chicken owners and all the books I read on chickens. I just got so excited over all the different breeds and how each breed has different traits, ect. Now I have behavior problems and DH is not too enthused about building me another coop for my "ornamental" birds.

    At about 8 weeks my 2 polish and 4 frizzles, and my "free rare chick"(breed unknown he has 5 toes???) started getting picked on, ie: feather pulling and pecking to draw blood, ect. So, I started a chicken hospital and nursed them back to health. Now, I have tried everything I have read about intergrating them back into the flock and each time they are attacked by my RIR and BRock. Ruthless little birds...

    Now that they are getting bigger the hospital is getting too small and they are starting to pick on each other. So sad, I dont think I have another choice but to build a second coop... Ideas?
     
  2. arlee453

    arlee453 Songster

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    2nd coop....and then you'll need to get them some friends, right?? [​IMG]
     
  3. robinaggie

    robinaggie Flew the Coop

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    My2 BRs are nice until they meet another chick. Then they turn into beady-eyed monsters that peck really hard. I can't integrate either, so I'm giving all the other chicks away as they hatch. Not a fun solution. Good luck to you.
     
  4. blueskylen

    blueskylen Songster

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    Hmmmm - i think that i'll change my mind about getting a BR roo, as they sound a bit rough.
     
  5. smom1976

    smom1976 too many projects too little time!

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    mine are 7 weeks and I have some polish and then others too.. I noticed that my polish were getting pecked.. But then I started using my back door thinking..

    They were only getting pecked when their heads were wet. The first time I noticed it was when one of the polish had its entire head in a watermelon the second time is when we had a rain.

    I cut back the feathers of the one that got pecked the worst and they seem to be doing ok..

    I am a week behind you tho.. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  6. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady

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    Uh.....I started with 7 grown Cochins. I am now up to 4 coops and still building.
    It's been only 6 months.
    Can you say, Hello, Lowes?
    Count how many I was up to last week in my sig below.
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