Separating the flock

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by suzieg81, Sep 22, 2014.

  1. suzieg81

    suzieg81 In the Brooder

    May 1, 2014
    So I've had 10 hens since they were babies. The inent has been to give 4 to my laws when they got their coop. However they are now 20 ,21 weeks and it looks like in one month I'll be doing the split. Does anyone have advice as to how to decide which 4 go? The 4 that go all have sisters of the same breed. Will there be any issues I should watch for?
  2. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. I would keep the 6 that have the best temperament and get along with each other the best. If their is no noticeable different in temperament, I would keep the 6 that I liked the best. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. What kind of hens do you have?
  3. Firekin1

    Firekin1 Songster

    Apr 5, 2014
    Nova Scotia
    Look at what you have and pick the 4 you'd least want to've yet to see chickens suffer from separation anxiety (with the exception of a mom and small babies of course). The only issues you may have is the stress of moving them from one environment to another. They may stop laying for a while. It would be a good idea to give them stress aid when they move. Other than that there shouldn't be any issues.
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Since 4 of them will be leaving they won't be lonely, as they have each other. I don't forsee any problems with separation anxiety.
  5. liz9910

    liz9910 Crowing

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
    [​IMG] I would pick your favorites.
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  6. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    I would keep the more docile hens. I would remove the flock leader and the lowest in the order and any others that are not your most favorite. It is never easy to decide.

    Good luck and welcome to our flock!
  7. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! X5, would keep your favorite hens, if you have any that are problems, bullies, overly spooky, flyers etc or just don't like the temperament would give those away. Since you have different breeds, if you have ones that are really different types you might want to watch that you don't leave one hen that is a real outsider, ie if you have only two polish or leghorn types etc might not want to split them up.
  8. suzieg81

    suzieg81 In the Brooder

    May 1, 2014
  9. suzieg81

    suzieg81 In the Brooder

    May 1, 2014
    I have a Gold Star who is the leader of the hens and started laying way before the rest, Silver Laced Wyandotte who is laying when she wants already. Then for the sisters we have Easter Eggers, Buff Orpingtons, Black Australops, and Barred Rocks. Of those pairs the kids already picked out their EE when she was a chick, there was enough distinction between the two. Today one of the BR was pecking me while I was cleaning and trying to get their curtains in, so she is going. The other two sets of sisters will be a toss up. I am not super new BYC but I can never get to the place of starting a NEW thread.
  10. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to byc! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    I also would keep the more docile hens.

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