Let me just start out by saying, we don't know what we are doing, at all. We are learning as we go and everything we do know we have learned on pinterest and this group (reading as a guest until today when I made an account).
We are excited to have our first little flock of chicks, they are five weeks old and their coop is getting built tomorrow so they will be moving out of the garage soon (we had 80F here yesterday and it is getting pretty warm). We have 8 in all, 5 Ameraucanas and 3 Black Australorps.
Last week my next door neighbor told me they are moving at the end of the month and asked if we would like to adopt their 3 year old hens (6 layers, various breeds).
I have no idea what would be the best way to put these two flocks together.
I've read a lot of posts about what to do when introducing a new group of young birds to an existing flock, and many other posts about adopting adults into an existing flock... What would be the best way to handle introducing a young flock and adopting an adult flock at the same time?
Neither group knows the yard yet so there aren't any territory issues. I'm building a coop that will be big enough for all 14 of them, but there is a possibility that the coop they are currently in could be moved over (we still have to see if we can even lift it because the thing is huge).