1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

Peppa and George

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Willie84, Oct 3, 2016.

  1. Willie84

    Willie84 Just Hatched

    24
    0
    14
    Sep 17, 2016
    Australia
    Hi guys I am so I'm very new to raising chooks. I will set the scene then ask for help.
    I have a really great mumma bird called Peppa and she sat on so eggs about a year ago as a result the only surviving chicken was George. I was given these birds recently and have set them up in their own palace.
    Peppa became broody again so I had her sit on some eggs, now they have hatched and once again Peppa is a great mumma.
    Since hatching I have had Peppa and the chicks separated in the same run but with different sleeping quarters to George and wire I between them.
    I opened the hatch to let Peppa and her chicks into the main run, immediately Peppa and George started to battle! Is this normal? should I give it more time before letting them out into the main run again with George? I can add pictures to make it clearer :(
     
  2. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    How old are the chicks? It's normal for broodies to be very protective of their offspring. I personally would not let them share the same space until the chicks are at least 8-10 week and old enough to protect themselves and momma does not have to worry so much about them.
     
    Last edited: Oct 3, 2016
  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

    27,006
    10,034
    616
    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Since they have been separated, I agree with QM. Personally, I let my broodies sit and hatch in the main coop. I've not had an issue with other flock members attacking chicks. This is not advice, I'm simply sharing my experience - it may not work for everyone.
     
  4. Willie84

    Willie84 Just Hatched

    24
    0
    14
    Sep 17, 2016
    Australia
    Ok I will give it a little more time the chicks are only 2 weeks old. Do you think that at 8-10 weeks they will just sort each other out and establish a new pecking order?
     
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

    27,006
    10,034
    616
    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    The main reason for waiting until the chicks are a little older is that they can take a peck from adult birds without it being injurious. They will soon be taught chicken manners by the other adult (and by that time, the mother will likely not be so tolerant of them). When you do introduce them, ensuring that the are hiding places / areas of refuge for the chicks will help, as will multiple feed stations.
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    32,616
    5,378
    556
    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Is George a female or male? I'm going to assume hen, correct me if I am mistaken.

    Not unusual for a broody to have to reestablish her pecking order status when coming back into the 'flock' after being separated for incubation/hatch.
    As long as chicks are not in danger, I'd let it ride out between Peppa and George.

    Had this happen when reintroducing broody and chicks with flock...broody had to spar it out with 3 different hens.
    I had to break up the vicious fights, cockbird tried but to no avail, but then it was over.
    Chicks were never in danger....it was all between the hens.

    But I have a large coop and runs, multiple feed/water stations, chicks had large floor nest...all that helped.
     
  7. Willie84

    Willie84 Just Hatched

    24
    0
    14
    Sep 17, 2016
    Australia
    Yes George is female my daughter named them after her favourite cartoon characters. The chicks are protected I just think I may give it some time before introducing them again
     
    Last edited: Oct 3, 2016
  8. Willie84

    Willie84 Just Hatched

    24
    0
    14
    Sep 17, 2016
    Australia
    Thanks for the advice I really do appreciate it.
     
  9. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    32,616
    5,378
    556
    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    I wouldn't wait too long, just get it over with.
    The fact that the hens have to sort things out is not going to go away and you want them together before broody weans chicks for sure.
     
  10. Willie84

    Willie84 Just Hatched

    24
    0
    14
    Sep 17, 2016
    Australia
    So given that they are two weeks old how long do you think I should wait? Another week? The little chicks escaped today into the bigger run and came to no harm. I discovered them when I got home they wanted Peppa and she was frantic but George didn't seem to be bothered with them.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by