Hello everyone! So I'm getting my first chickens soon. I'm getting 3 chickens from this one lady, and 2 from this other in the same day. I've just been working a lot, and finally have time to drive 2 hours away to get some chickens that I wanted. If this lady had all the breeds I wanted, I would have just gotten them all from her. They are all around the same age. About a year. I've read up on what to do when introducing chickens to your existing flock, but I don't have any chickens right now. These would be my first ever chickens. I read that this one lady just let them all out in the coop, and as they are stressed from the ride, and being in a new area, they were more focused on their new home, instead of beating each other up.
I've only been able to find two different threads about a situation like this on BYC and never been able to find any articles anywhere else about a situation like this. Since they are all the same age, and will arrive to their new home at the same time, what would be the best situation?
Also, I know that mites can be transferred from one flock to another, so I will be dusting them. Should I just put dust in their traveling boxes so I don't have to handle them right away? Or because they are older, they won't be so scared after the trip, that I can just pick them up and dust them?