I need advice.....
I am a “Chicken Farmer” in training
Forgive me in advanced for sounding clueless, lol I have some questions and I think you will all be able to help me. So here it goes
I have a fenced in chicken run 33ft x 13ft for my 5 RIR Girls... Inside they have their lovely "hen house" (about 4ft long, 32" wide and 4ft high) where they roost & lay in their 2 spot nesting box. We also have another “hen house” (46.25" high x 42" w x 42" d) with one nesting box , I felt it was too small so we don’t currently use it. (the smaller red one)
Last week I bought 7 chicks (2 Polish, 3 Silkies, 1 Cochin, 1 Speckled Sussex ) (so they were a week old Friday) when I am ready to introduce the new girls to my existing flock of RIR Girls and the Coop/Run what do I need to do as far as a “hen house” is concerned....will they be ok in the 2nd smaller house (is it too small)?
Will they try and go into the existing RIR hen house? Or should I just get another separate house for them?
Not sure if the RIR will leave their house and go into the smaller one?
Does anyone have any incite as to what I should expect or be prepared to provide for them?
I am planning on having them fenced off in the coop for a few days so they can all adjust to each other, however not sure what the housing set-up should be.
ALSO… at what age should I start the introduction? I also know the NJ weather has to be a factor.
Thanks in advanced for the advise.