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I just added 3 pullets who have been laying for 3-5 weeks to my existing free range, mixed age flock. I have read that in order for the chickens to realize where "home" is that they need to be confined to the coop. I have sectioned off part of the coop to keep the new girls in and the current flock can go out and free range. Anyone have experience with new chickens coming home to roost after a couple days of confinement? I've read different things, some say 4-5 days and some say leave them in for at least week. Any suggestions? They were added Tuesday after dark.

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I will usually do about a week, then I will round them up at dusk if necessary, confining them for a while, with my newer chicks they will be locked up separately at night for about 6 weeks.
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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You might want to let the new birds explore the coop while the others are out ranging,

close coop door so new birds can't get outside yet.

Then put them back in their separate area before opening coop door for rest of flock.

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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