oegb behavior w/new hen?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by klf73, Jun 24, 2010.

  1. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

    Jun 1, 2008
    I bought a trio of oegb. He had them in breeding pens and the roo I got was with one hen, he then took a hen from another pen to make my trio. It is very obvious which girl was with him before he sent them to me. They are both not very nice to the "outsider". When I give them water he drinks and his girl drinks, sometimes she pecks him and he moves. The other poor girl ALWAYS crawls up under the roo and drinks from under him [​IMG] . I have never seen this before....will it get better or will she always be an "outsider"? Do these usually do better as pairs? Any help is appreciated
    Last edited: Jun 24, 2010
  2. hcammack

    hcammack Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 5, 2007
    It should get better over time. Its like integrating new chickens into any flock which is always painful your just watching it on a smaller scale and there is only one outsider this time so it will be harder still. Over time you probably won't even be able to tell the difference might take a few weeks or even a month or two. How long have you had them? I went through this with my Ameraucana when I was breeding them. I don't know anything about oegb though maybe they do better in pairs I am speaking from experiences with other breeds.

  3. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

    Jun 1, 2008
    I only got them 10 days ago, they are still in quarantine. The "pair" just seems like an old couple, it's real cute. I just feel bad for this poor girl. Didn't know if it was best to maybe put her with a different roo eventually?
  4. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

    Jan 4, 2009
    Tempe, Arizona
    Better yet, take out the other hen for several days. Then re-introduce her. That should even out the behavior a bit.

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