When to reintroduce agressive hen?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Babybella1111, Aug 29, 2011.

  1. Babybella1111

    Babybella1111 Out Of The Brooder

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    So, I've added my 2, 19 week old pullets to my existing flock(3 1yr. olds) but I had an agressive RIR, who I've separated for about 2 days now. They had been in separate areas for about 5-6 weeks, but could still see each other. I have also let them free range together in the yard. My question is... how do I reintroduce the RIR to the rest of the flock again? How long should I wait? The other 4 are getting along just fine. They kind of just stay in their own groups but no real squabbling. My 19 wk GLW was even nestled in between the 2 big girls last night when I went to lock up!

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
     
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  2. dawg53

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    Quote:I would keep your RIR hen in lockdown for four more days to knock her down on the pecking order. Two days is too soon to release her IMO. When you decide to reintroduce her, you could do it at night when the others are asleep in their house, just slip the RIR in with them on a roost if you can.
     
  3. Babybella1111

    Babybella1111 Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:I would keep your RIR hen in lockdown for four more days to knock her down on the pecking order. Two days is too soon to release her IMO. When you decide to reintroduce her, you could do it at night when the others are asleep in their house, just slip the RIR in with them on a roost if you can.

    Ok, thanks! I wasn't sure how long. At first she was soo aggitated,and just kept pacing back and forth. I put up boards so that she couldn't see the others, but I don't know if she should be able to see everyone else? She calmed down today, even layed an egg, but I really want to make sure she gets brought down a peg or two!
     

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