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When will they except her to the flock?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jlovepj1027, Mar 6, 2016.

  1. jlovepj1027

    jlovepj1027 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have four chickens, I got three pullets last Wednesday, EE, CL & blue copper maran. I went back to my local farmer and added one more maran. I slowly introduced them yesterday. They don't peck at her aggressively or consistently and did let her in the coop at dusk. But throughout the day here and there one will just go to her and peck her lightly out of nowhere every time she tries to eat and she makes this sad loud PEEP (help me). I will rotate the three in the coop and coop run & the new girl in the extended run, then switch. Wondering if there is anything else I can do or if it will just take time...
     
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  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Runs With Chickens Premium Member

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    If no blood is being drawn I would stay out of it. It sounds like everyone is reminding her she's bottom bird. Give them plenty of room, places for her to get away, multiple feeding and water stations, and as you said, give it time, it should lessen. If she starts to hide I would still let it work out. Only step in if blood is drawn or feathers are getting pulled too much.
     
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  3. jlovepj1027

    jlovepj1027 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you! I do have multiple feeding & water stations and even hung two treats one inside & out. No blood or feathers for now. Hoping it won't last long.
     
  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Runs With Chickens Premium Member

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    It can be hard for us to watch and not help but it is how a flock of chickens maintain order. I like to think it's similar to us reminding someone where the end of the line is when we have been waiting too long and someone wants to cut in.
     
  5. jlovepj1027

    jlovepj1027 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My EE & CC seem to have turned on both marans now and one needs to lay and they kicked her out of the coop! [​IMG] not sure what to do next.
     
  6. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Runs With Chickens Premium Member

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    Nothing you can do, let them work it out.
     
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  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Do you have 4 birds and added 4 more new ones?
    Or got 3 then added the 4th? I'm guessing this is the situation.
    Are these 4 your only birds?

    Maybe try putting the nicest of the 3 in with the single?

    More info and pics on your coop/run might help us give you a more specific solution(s) to try.
     
  8. jlovepj1027

    jlovepj1027 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes I only added one more. And today so far they've been doing much better! The newer gal still squeaks when they approach her. She seems a bit paranoid but they're letting her eat & drink.
     
  9. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Oh good...they should be fine.
    There will always be one bird lowest in the pecking order....and which bird that is can change for reasons not apparent to us keepers.
    There will always be pecking and the subsequent squawking between most the birds, they understand it and it really doesn't bother them much.
     

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