We have only been raising laying hens (4 Isa Browns) for 2 years and now it's time to order more chicks. We would like to get some more, but not sure how to assimilate the new flock to the existing flock. We will keep them separate until the newbies get big enough to fend for themselves, but we are wondering how to help everyone adjust as best we can. Suggestions?
when new chicks meet old hens
make sure they have plenty of room to get away!!! I introduced them at night, so they couldnt see well and slept together... when they woke up my original flock definitely shower dominance but they weren't nasty, but I have a HUGE coop. My friend lost one of her chickens to a predator so I told her to bring her survivor over... happened to be during the day, they were jerks at first, but 2 weeks later she's best buds with my other hens :)
- NG is a blast
I waited til mine were two months before putting them out with the big guys! I have a 7 year old hen that still lays daily... And growing up I brought home chicks, and we had them for 5 years and they never stopped laying... so i know people say they stop laying, but I think that has to be breed specific or luck of the draw..
a few cups of coffee, some cake, and some polite conversation. HA CHA CHA CHA! :) just kidding. supervised visitation with the adults and chicks.