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How to get my chickens to get along? (read below)

I have 3 chickens which were rescued from a neglectful situation so they're very tough and know the meaning of survival. I also have a few other chickens which we raised since they were born in late september and early october. I admittedly spoiled them a little bit and they're big softies. I'm trying to move the young ones to the range were the older ones are, but the older ones just keep trying to kill the young ones. What do I do?

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I have about 50 chickens and some are rougher to the others at first so what I did was get a different cage and separate them and slowly add one to the other cage gradually til they all get along and the other cage is empty....try it out cause it might work

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you must be patient and work with them frequently

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You need to spend a lot of time with them. You need to be patient and calm, or it won`t work! It takes lots of time for a rescue animal to get used to what it fears again!

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They perhaps are testing each other to see which one will and should be lowest on the pecking order, sometimes they do that. One is singled out to take all the physical abuse. Usually the one ends up completely devoid of feathers and huddling in a corner from the abuse. It's their way.

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You should separate them for now, until the little ones are a bit older. Roosters tend to be more aggressive, but hens will be too to the young ones! When we get our new flocks we always keep them separated from the older laying flocks. If that doesn't work long term for you, just try keeping them apart until the young ones have a change to mature a bit. That, or if any of them are roosters, get rid of the extra ones.

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What we usually do with ours is keep the young ones separated from the older ones for a while, but somewhere near them, so that they can get used to them. Then just put them all together, and they will have to work the pecking order out ( no pun intended haha) eventually. It also would be in your favor to only own one rooster, or only have one rooster with the hens, or else they will fight, and usually tear up the hens.

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There is a remedy for this problem,but it will sound ridiculous.You can actually buy "chicken glasses".What these do is block out the side to side vision of the chicken so it can only see straight ahead much like blinders on a horse in a race.This effectively limits what they see and therefore will not be tempted to attack the other chickens.These can be purchased at any feed store or CO-OP store.

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would these 'chicken glasses' fit my girlfriend?!...;-)
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You can't really help it too much. Some will fight because they are aggressive. I wouldn't worry about it love. I only have 11 chickens now and they used to peck each other and scratch but then after awhile, they stopped. (By the way, I like your pic. Vincent Van Gogh may have been crazy, but he was very talented with his paints) :D

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