Pecking order, introducing new hens

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Morecambeclucks, Sep 4, 2013.

  1. Morecambeclucks

    Morecambeclucks Out Of The Brooder

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    I now find myself the go to person for re-homing Chickens, I was asked to take in 2 French Faverolles, and a little Bantam, the other girls (7 ex batts and 2 Pullets) are being brutal bullies towards the 3 newbies, even the Pullets are getting in there, I have only had the Pullets for 2 weeks, and they were accepted reasonably well. I have tried anti pecking spray, and I keep them separate but every time I try to put them together, the poor girls are brutalised, can anyone help, I hate bullies, and this is heart breaking. Thanks in advance xxx
     
  2. redstar14

    redstar14 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Let nature take its course they need a pecking order
     
  3. Morecambeclucks

    Morecambeclucks Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks, i normally don't have a problem, but this is a completely different level! In the past i have allowed them to be together, separating the new ones periodically to allow them to eat, and "chill" for a spell, however the instant i put all the girls are together, the bullying begins, jumping on Backs, blood drawn, grabbing the combs, 2 on 1 sometimes, the new girls are literally terrified, and now cower shaking visibly in a corner, i give them as much love and hugs as possible, but that isn't going to solve the problem, i am worried for the first time that the new girls could be killed.
     
  4. redstar14

    redstar14 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like you might need more square footage if possible or let them free range during daylight hours
     
  5. Morecambeclucks

    Morecambeclucks Out Of The Brooder

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    They have 500 sq metres, split into 4 areas, they free range in separate area's all day, and then get locked into separate coops overnight, it's only when they come into the 1 area on their way to the coops that the trouble starts, ie when they are in the same area. x
     
  6. redstar14

    redstar14 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh...
     

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