URGENMT PLEASE ANSWER

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by davecash, Aug 30, 2007.

  1. davecash

    davecash Songster

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    Okay, i got 3 new polish and introduced them to my flock, my flock isnt takin too well. my oldest polish got attacked by a coon before i got her, and my origional chickens are peckign at her wounds and stuff! will this pass? my polish are scared!!
     
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    First, take the new ones out and keep them away from the others for a month. They can spread disease to your current hens if they have anything and it can take a month to show up. By then, the new hen's wounds will probably be healed anyway. Read this thread:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=12751
     
  3. nccountrygirl

    nccountrygirl Songster

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    I will tell you from experience, that you need to separate them till they get used to one another. Put the new chicks in a dog crate for a month until they get use to being around each other, also they need to be quarantined so your other birds don't get sick from something they MIGHT have gotten from where they used to be. LOL
     
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  4. nccountrygirl

    nccountrygirl Songster

    Jul 31, 2007
    Sanford N.C.
    speckledhen you beat me to it.
     
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  5. davecash

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    how will they get used to each other if you seperate them?
     
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    First you have to be sure they dont give anything to your birds; then put them where they can see each other, but not touch; THEN, you can start the introductions. Sorry, but it's the only safe way to do it.
     
  7. davecash

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    I have no where else to put them.
     
  8. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Well, hopefully, they'll be okay, but the new pecking order has to be established and the injured one will probably have her wounds picked at till she get infected or is killed. Chickens have that nasty habit of eating each other. Do you have a dog crate for the injured one?
     
  9. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

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    Polish chickens are in the lowest in pecking order because they can not defend themselves due to the top hat, not able to see the beak going at them. best bet is to pen them separately from other breeds. I've had top hats before and twice times, they got pecked on bad that I had to pen them separately and got rid of them. I think most Polish breeders will agree on me on that.....NOT all Polish chickens are that way but thats the way chickens do.....
     
  10. davecash

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    Well all seems to be going better nowe.
     

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