pecked pullet

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ccrow, Sep 13, 2011.

  1. ccrow

    ccrow Songster

    May 6, 2010
    Southern Maine
    I posted this in 'Managing Your Flock' awhile ago, then thought maybe I should post it here too...

    OK, so I put my four(2 buff orpington, 2 barred rock) pullets, age app. 16 and 18 weeks, in with my hens for the first time last night. They all seemed fine, if a bit shocked, when I let everyone out to range this AM. Then midafternoon I saw that one of the BOs had been bleeding from her comb. I cleaned it, put on blu-kote and she is fine. My question is, should I put the pullets in with the hens again tonight? They have all been ranging together with no problems, just the hens chasing the pullets which I understand is normal. They just really didn't like those teenagers in *their* pen I guess! I do understand they are going to fight some at first, and I really don't want to prolong things any more than necessary. I usually keep the hens in the pen till 10 or so, to encourage them to lay in the coop and not elswhere. I could try having them all in the coop tonight, and then letting everyone out to range as soon as I open the pop door....
    All thoughts and advice welcome!![​IMG]

  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    If it were me, and they were free ranging together with no problems after the comb incident, I'd try them out together at night again.

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