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    • CommentAuthorchickhippy
    • CommentTimeMay 6th, 2009 10:44pm (May 6th 2009)
     
    I am quite new to chicken farming. My 2 older ones are a pair of Pekin bantams and my 2 new chicks (8 weeks old) are two tone brown as yet unidentified. They were hatched in the school incubator. I have gradually introduced them to each other and they roam the garden freely keeping a healthy distance apart. They are now all sleeping in the coop together with no injuries but the the young ones cower and squeak in the corner even though the others are taking no notice of them at all, no sign of any pecking. What is amusing is they are not at all scared of my black lab and try to jump on him when he is dozing! So will they get over it?
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeMay 7th, 2009 5:01pm (May 7th 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Chickens are hardy little things so as long as they aren't getting battered by the other hens then I'd say leave them to it - there will be a bit of pecking to establish where they are in the pecking order (at the bottom probably!), but it shouldn't be too long before they are accepted fully.

    As for the cowering, maybe they're just trying to avoid the beating they're expecting from the older hens - when they realise they've been accepted they should grow out of it.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 7th, 2009 10:13pm (May 7th 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    They're still little babies really, so their confidence will grow as they do. As they mature they will learn their place in the flock and adapt to it, although they will probably always be bottom of the pecking order. If they stay at the bottom they will always be nervous and be pecked by the other chickens, but they will get used to it and be quite happy so no need to worry :)
    • CommentAuthorchickhippy
    • CommentTimeMay 10th, 2009 7:50pm (May 10th 2009)
     
    Well thanks both for that. They all seem quite happy with the arrangements and I can't see any evidence of pecking although there was a bit of flapping and feather flying going on when I let them out yesterday morning! I think it will only be another couple of weeks and they will be bigger anyway so that should be interesting. I should introduce them properly really. I got Troilus and Cressida from a friend at the end of Jan. Hatched last September. They are the Bantams. Then six weeks ago I got French and Saunders from the Reception class at the school who had been hatching eggs in an incubator. So they are now one happy family. We no longer have to mow the back lawn. Will update some time soon.
    • CommentAuthorsara
    • CommentTimeMay 28th, 2009 10:25pm (May 28th 2009)
     
    That what happend with my hens.. Now they all live happy ever after..
    Took a couple of months..