Will they never get along?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by sookiesmom, Jan 3, 2015.

  1. sookiesmom

    sookiesmom Songster

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    I had 2 silkies as pets. One of them was hatched by the other from fertilized eggs I got. Now the mom would peck at her when she annoyed her but they generally got along. The one that hatched here, though, I was never really able to tame. I've had a few chickens, but none like this one. I have to chase her half the time & just doesn't like being held. Perhaps I just got lucky with all my other girls.

    Anyway, beginning of December the mom, Pippie, died. (Miss her dearly!). So I thought the baby born in my my coop, Pumpkin, would want some company. Got an 8 week old Easter Egger pullet a few weeks ago, Rosie. Now Pumpkin doesn't always chase her around, but if Rosie is by me & Pumpkin starts walking over the poor thing is a nervous wreck running around and flying to get away. Yesterday had one in each arm & Pumpkin leaned over & bit her nastily. I know the Rosie is still chirping a lot like a baby & maybe getting on her nerves.

    Then at night Rosie huddles under Pumpkin & Pumpkin aggressively pecks at her. Funny thing is, Pumpkin did same thing to Pippie, even when Pumpkin got bigger than her. And Pippie would peck her a little.

    So my question is should I be concerned? Never had this problem when bringing in a new hen. But, like I said, maybe I was just lucky. I don't want this new pullet to be a nervous wreck her whole life. And when I open the coop door in the morning, Rosie desperately flys right to me to get away from Pumpkin.

    Any advice is much appreciated!!!!!

    Thanks
     
  2. lucy henhouse

    lucy henhouse Hatching

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    We introduced a new chicken to our flock and they would pick on her so we separated them. Had like a fence separating them so they could see each other and get used to each other. We done this for a couple weeks before we finally let her into the flock and they get along now. You could try that but i am not sure it will work for all chickens so good luck!
     
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2015
  3. sookiesmom

    sookiesmom Songster

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    Thanks Lucy. I'll have to look into how I can do that with my run.
     

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