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Starting a flock

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So what do I need to know about starting a flock? Eg. Safe ages to mix, breeds that are safe to mix etc
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I would get a couple different kinds of birds all the same age, and I would get all pullets. If they are all large fowl or all banty, it would be best. Raise them up, and get some eggs, and see what you like.

 

You do need a well ventilated coop, a good run even if you plan to let them range, clean food and water. In a year, you will have some experience, and will generally find another breed or two to try.

 

Mrs K

Western South Dakota Rancher
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At this stage I have 2x 10 week Isa Browns and 4x mix breeds about 5 weeks old in together, hoping they all get on, they also have some ducks in there but they stick to themselves
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If you search "integrating flocks or integrating new hens into a flock" you will find some very good articles on how to go about it.

 

all the best

CT

Nairobi, Kenya
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Ducks need different habitat, they need water deep enough to clean their nares(nostrils),

which can make the environment less healthy(too wet) for the chickens.

 

If you have 10 week old and 5 week old chicks living together harmoniously, you've already cleared one hurdle. 

 

It's not about age or breed so much in living together, it's about territory.

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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The ducks are only locked in overnight, at this stage the chicks are locked up all the time due to the cats in the area (they don't bother the bigger birds)
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