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advice please
Wed 10-Apr-13
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Hi 

 

we lost one of our hens a while back, leaving us with just two... so I thought, let's get 2 litle bantams to add to the flock... argh

 

1 they are so fast and 'flighty' that one escaped on the first day and shot off into the neighbours garden where it spent the night until caught next day with a fishing net...roll_eyes

2. our old birds LOATHE them!! I know understand fully the terms pecking order and henpecked; having seen the most dominant bird stand on the smallest new one and peck it repeatedly.doh

 

We have now placed them in a small run for their safety (from the others) and our sanity (not having to chase them all over).eeek

 

My question is how can we get them to be accepted and not run away at the first blink of an eye??? Hopefully we can then let them run free like the other two...

Wed 10-Apr-13
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Oh heck, sounds like a problem and a half Shelley, I hope someone will be able to help you!

I'll try that again!

Wed 10-Apr-13
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me too!

sorry for not being on as much recently..job tooooo busy!!  Still I am going to give an english cookery class soon; lemon curd then lemon curd muffins!

Wed 10-Apr-13
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Sounds like fun classes.  I guess it is good that work is so busy?

I'll try that again!

Wed 10-Apr-13
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oh yes 

 

we are operating at at least 30% more than last year and I have doubled the team in 9months!! I am the team coordinator now; resp for recruitment, training, organisation admin planning etc etc!!

Wed 10-Apr-13
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You have gone up in the world, very well done, m'dear! welldone

I'll try that again!

Wed 10-Apr-13
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thanks I am LOVING it!!  Its what I was doing in the uk except on a bigger scale with more freedom

Wed 10-Apr-13
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Good to hear from you Shelley - and apologies for not responding to your PM, but I can't, as the system for that seems to be broken ......... and also good to hear that things are working out for you. Great! big_hug

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Thu 11-Apr-13
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With new chickens I always put them in a protected run house in reach of the others so they can see each other. I have just put my chicks out and the others have all had a look. I have flightless chickens and they are big and docile which makes life easier. Once my chicks are full size I will let them out to run free but will keep an eye on them. This is my third lot and I have never had a problem integrating. They do seem to sort themselves out. Once in with the pack I separate them at night for longer. I was once told that they will pick on a chicken of a different colour but I have a tri colour Sussex hen who lives happily with the Orpingtons. I would be interested to hear what others suggest. Personally I think it is just time that sorts it out.

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Thu 11-Apr-13
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I agree with Aly but it can be pretty disturbing to watch in the early stages but they soon get used to each other. To begin with put the new ones in a contained space inside the run of the others, then let them out of their safe house & feed them (you might have to feed the newbies separately for a few days). 

The good news is that the bantams often become the top chickens as they are feisty little birds & are not afraid of the big girls. I have an old bantam hen who is now over 8 years old who ruled the roost for years & reared many cluches of eggs. Bantam eggs are the most tastyby the way.  

Glad your job is going so well.

Good luck to you & your flock.  wave

 

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Thu 11-Apr-13
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brightspark said:

Good to hear from you Shelley - and apologies for not responding to your PM, but I can't, as the system for that seems to be broken ......... and also good to hear that things are working out for you. Great! big_hug

Glad to hear from you toobig_hug

Thu 11-Apr-13
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Aly said:

With new chickens I always put them in a protected run house in reach of the others so they can see each other.

ok they are in a separate run so that is good.. we will just let them out slowly

Thu 11-Apr-13
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Hattie said:

The good news is that the bantams often become the top chickens as they are feisty little birds & are not afraid of the big girls.

ok thank you too.. indeed they do appear to be very feisty… they dont half make a noise when annoyed!!

Mon 15-Apr-13
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so this weekend we decided it was d day .. andy used the remaining chicken wire to completely bantam proof the garden.. then we let them out .. after a very brief tussle with the bigger ladies they moved on out happily and have now spent the last night and today together.  It just took time for them to bond to each other and the older ladies:!! Phew

 

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151502918418116.1073741828.555748115&type=3

 

a link to photos of both pairs of ladies

Mon 15-Apr-13
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The link doesn't work Shelley, in fact your Facebook badge  link doesn't work either - please check it?

I'll try that again!

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