Hello! I'm a novice chicken owner and a newbie here on BYC... I have a question and I'm hoping I placed it in the right part of the forums... anywho...
We have three hens who live on an allotment and are visited each day. Recently, a relative has agreed to take on 4 hens from someone who had to get rid of them after not being able to care for them any longer. They will come with their own coop, feeders, food ETC... My question is, Our girls are pretty settled and they've been together since the day we got them (probably before that but there's no telling!) there is plenty of room to accommodate the new hens but I am assuming that its the same for them, they're established with each other, have been together since 'whenever' and have their pecking order established too.
I am assuming a group of 3 and a group of 4 hens are classed as flocks... so we'll need to combine two flocks. The thing I'm wondering most is how to go about this safely. My partner and his uncle will be sorting out the coop and bringing the new hens over, so I just want to gather as much information as possible so I can share it with them so they don't assume anything and the hens will all be able to readjust easily. I don't want any of then ending up hurt if we do something wrong!
All and any advice massively appreciated!
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