Chicken Flock Integration - Part 2 | Blogs
OK so that last video was actually shot a few days ago and even though it seems like a short time the flock is now fully integrated! I removed the hoop house and let them get at eachother. I was surprised to see that there was no rush to get close or imediate violence from the mature hens. I did however begin to see some sparing and pecking but nothing terribly violent. They still have separate quarters and water and food but the laying hens are taking advantage of the feed that belongs to the chicks. There's nothing I can do about that now, they will just have to share. My next goal is to get the chicks and mom into the larger coop and remove their small coop. This is another delicate task that must be done at night. I will forcibly remove the mom from the small coop and place her in the big coop. Then I'll bring the chicks in to her one by one. As long as they are together they should be ok.