PEcking order or anger issues?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Haihai, Mar 30, 2018.

  1. Haihai

    Haihai Chirping

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    I have 47 week old chickens I need to add to the coop… I have tried to add them in the past Week… By putting a kennel inside the run and keeping them visible but separated… Today I tried to let them all join together… One hen is very aggressive with them... so I put them back in the kennel... I hate the pecking order thing it seems so rough... I can’t watch but don’t want to leave them alone during the first encounters... my question is to I let them attack... or do I intervene?? I have never had this much trouble before
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Waiting on a Fresh Garden Salad

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    I supervise the interactions and separate out the chicks when things gets rough. I do it every day until I feel comfortable leaving them out longer. Eventually they can handle themselves. Sometimes it goes easy, sometimes it takes a while.
     
  3. Haihai

    Haihai Chirping

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    Thank you! I guess we will just keep working at it.
     
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  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    47 chicks that are one week old?
     
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  5. Hensndoes

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    ^^^ what aart said. Hens are brutal to chicks and I wouldn't think about integrating until 2-3 months. I've had broody raised chicks I could integrate at 7weeks. People reared chicks seem to have a harder time.
     
  6. Haihai

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    4 seven week old chicks sorry lol I’m not that much of a crazy chicken lady
     
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  7. Haihai

    Haihai Chirping

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    4 seven week old chicks sorry lol I’m not that much of a crazy chicken lady
     
  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    I just integrated a broody and her four 2wo chicks in with the flock by taking down the wire wall that separated them during setting/hatching. The mama gets in more fights than the chicks, but the chicks have places to 'hide'. Things calm down after a day or so. I also integrate my incubator hatched chicks young, out to the coop by 1wk, then integration begins at 4wks.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/articles/integrating-new-birds-at-4-weeks-old.72603/

    OK, I figured it wasn't 47 chicks!
     
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  9. Hensndoes

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    You have nice ladies! I seem to always have 1 that is way too aggressive to newcomers
     
  10. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Oh there were some knock down dragout fights......but I've got lots of space too, that helps a lot.
     

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