by Donna McGlasson from Gardens & Chickens & Worms, Oh My!
Wow! I thought I had such sweet girls! Mildred, Mabel and Pearl, my first three girls have had a few squabbles here and there but have always hung out together and been friends. Apparently things are changing.
The thing to remember about pecking or in my case, re-ordering of pecking order is that while it’s a normal process, it can sometimes be detrimental to the chicken lowest in the order. Keep a close eye on your chickens when integrating new members. Keep an eye on behaviors.
Several ways to integrate are:
- Sit with your chickens or keep a close eye on them while they are together. Expose them to each other for longer times each day
- Make sure to keep them separated at night until the pecking order or new pecking order is well established and everyone knows there place
- Most pecking orders work themselves out but keep mind that re-homing the bully could be necessary to save a chicken’s life and keep peace in the flock especially if you intend to keep adding new members
- Finally, if you can have a rooster, he will generally keep his “girls” in line and not allow fighting.