Switching out my Laying Hens for new ones?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Tiffany1804, Sep 12, 2011.

  1. Tiffany1804

    Tiffany1804 Out Of The Brooder

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    I asked a question previously about my aggresive Buff Orpington. She is acting like a rooster she lays almost daily but the crowing is really starting to bug my husband and nieghbors. I love her she is my favorite Hen she almost acts like a lap dog when I am outside she follows be around and enjoys being held (only by me). Then we have a Silver Laced Wyndott she is 2 and only lays 1-2 times a week. I actually do not like her to much she's not very friendly pecks me often but doesn't bother any of the other hens. We just got 2 Silkies that are both 5 months old and 1 Bantam and I am unsure of the breed but she has a nice feather dress also 5 months. Our Buff Orpington is very aggresive towards them. We have been talking about getting a new Buff Orpington and giving away Ms. Daisy as her rooster habits are not getting any better she crows all day long. I do LOVE her though [​IMG]. I don't want to see her become some ones stew :'( I'm a vegetarian so I would never eat one of our girls. Our Silver Laced Wyndott is beautiful but I want the hens to be friendly as we do have children and she does peck them. If I get 2 new larger birds I want another Buff Orpingto and a Barred Rock will they be mean to the Silkies and unknown Bantam? Or will the Silkies be at the top of the pecking order since they were here first? I really don't want my Silkies to be bullied.
     
  2. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

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    The silkies will be above the new ones initially. Later things could change but at least at first they will be ok.
     
  3. RoostersCrow HensDeliver!

    RoostersCrow HensDeliver! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would really think about your choice of breed for the replacement birds. I have Barred Rock hens and they are all very dominant in my mixed flock. The top hen (a BR) even beats up both my EE roosters who are no pushovers. My favorite hens are my Black Sex-Links and my Black Australorp, they are nice and laid back.
     

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