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Discussion in 'Behavior & Flock Management' started by garyb, Jan 23, 2013.

  1. garyb

    garyb New Member

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    I have some chickens that are around 3 1/2 months old. How do I introduce them to the rest of my flock? I put one of them in the pin with the older ones and they were very mean to it..
     
  2. GrumpyMan

    GrumpyMan Grumpy Farms Chicken & Duck eggs

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    I have been raising chickens for awhile. I've tried many different ways & final came up with putting them all in the henhouse together AT NIGHT when they are getting to roost. The next day or 2 there was some fussing in the coop, the pecking order got figured out and that is how I've done it ever since. It works for me. They do get pecked at and the younger chicks make it sound like there being killed, but it's the way they find out where they stand in there community. Hope it helps. Ps. If you start to see anyone get bloody get them cleaned up and stop there bleeding with a blood stick. You can get them at Walmart. It looks like a stick of chock from our days in school. If the chickens see red they will keep going for it. Keep me posted. Grumpy....
     

  3. doubleoakfarm

    doubleoakfarm New Member

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    I agree. We put ours in at night and put out extra feeders and water along with a few items that the new birds can hide behind. Don't know if it truly helps, but it seems if there is less competition at the feeder and the new ones aren't constantly in the line of sight they are picked on less while they work out the new pecking order. Good Luck!
     
  4. garyb

    garyb New Member

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    Ok thank y'all very much. I will try that.. I was really starting to worry about what to do.. Thanks again
     
  5. garyb

    garyb New Member

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    Well I just put them in the pin with the rest of the chickens.. Hopefully it will go well..
     
  6. kaufranc

    kaufranc Junior Member

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    Glad there is more then 1 newbie. Then they will have their siblings to hang with. I have also done the night thing. Works way better that way!
     
  7. garyb

    garyb New Member

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    Well I hope the others will be nice come daylight... Never thought I would enjoy chickens this much.. :)
     
  8. jasmin

    jasmin New Member

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    A related question-How about putting a couple of week old pekin bantam chicks in with two silkie hens who are approx 10 months old? Would they mother them? If I do the night thing, how can I watch them to make sure they are not pecking them!
     
  9. Energyvet

    Energyvet New Member

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    I would think if they're going to hurt them, it would be right away. I'd do supervised short visits and see how it goes. Information gathering for you and everyone else too. My guess is that if there's gonna be a problem then you'll know it pretty soon. I also think that once you know their temperament (the Poulets) then they will consistently be that way.
     
  10. jasmin

    jasmin New Member

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    Thank you, that's super helpful advice! Will let you know how I go! :)