pecking order!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Johnn, Oct 2, 2011.

  1. Johnn

    Johnn Overrun With Chickens

    Sep 5, 2011
    i got two new hens on saturday and they have been settling in with the rest of the flocks there was a few fight but any ways, today i went and one of my old hens had there combs cut and one wass getting pecked by the one that was ment to be under it in the pecking order but is now above the top hen was always looking for a fight, all my hens have started there pecking order again it is really bad my light sussex chases the new ones pecking and flapping at them and its all a mess
  2. SilkieBantams

    SilkieBantams Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 23, 2011
    Houston, TX
    Have you quarantined the new birds to avoid the spread of disease? I would quarantine the new birds and separate them for awhile until they get used to each other
  3. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    After quarantine I free range them together during the day and back in quarantine quarters at night. When things settle down put them on the roost of the main coop at night.
  4. extraordinaryfowl

    extraordinaryfowl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 6, 2011
    Lancaster, PA
    Also you may want to keep the new ones in some kind of cage or behind a wire barrier for a week or so. This won't stop the fighting, but it will make it a little less brutal.
  5. Johnn

    Johnn Overrun With Chickens

    Sep 5, 2011
    well its not really that bad with the new ones because they no there place and stay out the way but my old ones will NOT give up there place in the pecking order, its them that are doing the bad fighting

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