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Locking New Chickens in Coop Management

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I've read that you have to lock new chickens in the coop for a few weeks before letting them out. What about the chickens already in there? Are they locked in as well? How do you manage this?

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Usually just a few days works for me.
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Firstly, that was the fastest response I've ever gotten. Secondly, I may have used the wrong unit of time.

Do you lock all your other chickens in as well?

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Originally Posted by catcrazy37 View Post
 

Firstly, that was the fastest response I've ever gotten. Secondly, I may have used the wrong unit of time.

Do you lock all your other chickens in as well?


Usually i put new flock members in the coop for just two nights - after that i have never had a problem with them not knowing where to go at dusk. No need to keep the other chickens in lock down. 

 

Good luck

 

CT

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If your run is secure, then you only really need to worry about keeping them confined to the run. No free-ranging for the first week at least. 

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What are your plans for integrating the new chickens with the existing chickens?

 

That usually entails confining the new birds separated side by side with wire from the existing birds, by then the new birds are 'homed' to the enclosure.....

...and that's after medical/biological quarantine, if you're going to do that.

 

Are these new birds chicks ....or full grown birds?

 

 

ETA: 

Consider medical quarantine:

BYC Medical Quarantine Article

Poultry Biosecurity

BYC 'medical quarantine' search

 

Read up on integration.....  BYC advanced search>titles only>integration

This is good place to start reading:

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/adding-to-your-flock


Edited by aart - 2/15/16 at 4:28am

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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post #7 of 8

I have heard that too, but I don't ever lock my birds in the coop. I do keep them in the coop/run with the other birds for a couple of days. When ever I have added birds, they figure out where the coop is on their own. It just has not been a problem. 

 

I agree, with AArt - the problem can be the other birds, and you need to give everyone an escape.

 

Mrs K

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Okay, keeping them in the coop and run for a few nights makes sense. And yes, I am planning to do the medical quarantine, and then pen where the two groups of birds (old and new) can see each other but not touch each other, and then monitored integraton. 

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