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Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by 3Chickenlover3, May 4, 2016.

  1. 3Chickenlover3

    3Chickenlover3 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have two new chickens that i got Sunday. I keep them together inside the coop where my four old hen live. These two chickens are separated through a fence so that the old chickens can only look at them. During the day for a couple of hours i go outside and let the old and new chickens free range (I am there 100% of the time to make sure they don't kill the new chickens) One of the old chickens (she is the lowest of the pecking order in the original flock) runs after the two new ones and keeps pecking them. And when they run away she just continues to chase them. What do I do????? [​IMG]

    Thanks
     
  2. 3Chickenlover3

    3Chickenlover3 Out Of The Brooder

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    Also, when do i know its time to add the two new girls in with the others for good? I plan to put them in with the old girls at night, but i don't know when to do it? When do i do it so that the old chickens won't kill them?
     
  3. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Overrun With Chickens

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    There are people that do a very slow integration process, and others that do a 'throw them together and let them work it out" technique. If they are the same size of birds, as in full grown or very nearly full grown, I am of the later group.

    However, do set up some hideouts, some roosts out in the run, some extra feed bowls and water bowls.

    It is very common for the lowest to be the most aggressive, she does not want to be the lowest. If there is no blood leave them be.

    Good luck,

    Mrs K
     
  4. 3Chickenlover3

    3Chickenlover3 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks! So i don't have to separate her! Shes being a total bully, but she isn't drawing blood at least, is there anything I can do to make her stop, or do i just have to let it play out?
     
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    I, and others, have answered this question on several different threads already.
     
  6. 3Chickenlover3

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    I like the get more than one answer to compare to. So that way I can do what most people do !
     

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