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So I have 2 seep rate flocks. 1 flock of 6 is 1 1/2 years old the other flock is 5 months old. They have been separated but not next to each other. I built a new coop and run and I'm wondering if they r all going to the new coop do I still have to separate them or can I put them all in together. Where as there won't have been any pecking order yet. It is a new coop for all of them. It is 16x8 and the run is also 16x8.
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If if can get them closer and still keep them apart for awhile, that would be ideal. Here's an article that addresses introducing new birds to established ones. http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/introducing-new-chickens-using-the-see-but-don-t-touch-method
Good luck to you!

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I never considered a difference in opinion, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.  - Thomas Jefferson
Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.  - Ben Franklin
If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn't sit for a month.  - Teddy Roosevelt
 

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You could try....coop being new to all takes away the 'home territory' aspect that is central to integration woes.

I'd put them all in on roosts at night after dark, then be there at first light to observe and let them out into run for more space.

But I'd be ready to separate them pronto if things get too ugly.

Multiple roosts, feed/water stations, places to hide in both coop and run will help immensely.

The more diversions in the environments, the better

 

That's a nice big coop, how many birds in the younger group?

Got pics of inside coop and run?

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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