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  1. Fire-Chicken

    New chick integration; 7 existing + 5 new chicks

    Very interesting points, thank you. I failed to mention that I do provide two containers, one with grit and another with crushed oyster shell so they may take as they need. I provide each year-round, in the run. I’ve seen all of my birds find theses resources on their own. I’ll even mix some...
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    New chick integration; 7 existing + 5 new chicks

    I have also added the fake, ceramic eggs to the nest boxes, to deter the young ones from eating what few eggs I could find. it seems that if I’m not watching the hens lay (via the video camera), then running out to the coop to gather them, they will disappear. That is why I am thinking the...
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    New chick integration; 7 existing + 5 new chicks

    Most of the eggs that I can collect, have hard shells. Although recently, I have found some soft shelled eggs. I have also found an uptick in eggs late at night/ very early in the morning, from the roost. Is a soft shelled egg normal to find during the molt? Are they putting most of their...
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    Chickens Laying S...L...O...W...E...D, What Happened ?

    Good day everyone! I have recently added the 5 new girls to the living area (coop and run) permanently. A total of 12 hens under one roof. The older girls (one year old) - 2 Swedish Flowers, 2 Welsummers, 2 Speckled Sussex, 1 Cream Legbar The new girls (17 weeks old) - 2 Blue Copper Marans, 2...
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    New chick integration; 7 existing + 5 new chicks

    Many thanks to all of you, who provided recommendations and feedback. The integration process went off without a hitch, and the best part, minimal squabbling and zero fighting. Probably the best anyone could ask for, just shy of them being reared naturally. I have recently added the 5 new girls...
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    New chick integration; 7 existing + 5 new chicks

    Since they only intermingle on common ground, outside of the coop (in about a 50’ x 50’ area), that is where I have the safe place for the young-ins to escape to. When I remove all barriers in the coop/run, I will bring in the safe place for an extended period of time until things settle down...
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    New chick integration; 7 existing + 5 new chicks

    We just let them intermingle, on common territory, just yesterday for about an hour. There was very little aggression from the original group, except for one bird and just a little bit from another. Other than that it was really calm. They were separated onto their respective groups, at bedtime...
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    New chick integration; 7 existing + 5 new chicks

    Here is the coop, with makeshift sections for the 5 new birds, for the see, no-peck integrated living quarters. The coop section for the newbies is 5’x 3’ The run section for the newbies is 6’ x 3’
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    New chick integration; 7 existing + 5 new chicks

    My Coop & Run Facts: Coop is 8'x6' Open floor plan with three nesting boxes 15 linear feet of roosting space (I plan on expanding that to 20) The coop is on stilts (like a stilt home) with the floor of the coop 2' off of the ground (I sound like a realtor!! LOL) Run is 8' x 16' and completely...
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    New chick integration; 7 existing + 5 new chicks

    Coop before move-in…
  11. Fire-Chicken

    New chick integration; 7 existing + 5 new chicks

    So here are some photos of the coop, just after completion. The only thing not in the photo is the electric fence. It is a three strand wire, 360 degrees around the coop, on the bottom 24”.
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    New chick integration; 7 existing + 5 new chicks

    Rosemarythyme Thank you very much for the insight and personal experience. I didn’t know that we could “regress” or “back-track” with the food. VERY interesting. I’ve never heard of that nor read that in any research. I‘ll keep that in mind as an option. It is tough keeping two worlds...
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    New chick integration; 7 existing + 5 new chicks

    ILuveggers Thank you very much! We were looking for beautiful, different birds with calm(er) dispositions and a colorful eggs. So far, so good! We love our girls! Thanks again for the compliments!
  14. Fire-Chicken

    When to integrate chickens?

    I have done that, thank you. How about some feedback as to my post, rather than a redirection?
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    When to integrate chickens?

    …author of the previous post. (Not ‘pervious’)
  16. Fire-Chicken

    When to integrate chickens?

    Understood, but last time I tried to start a new thread with a similar title and/or situation, I was told just the opposite. I was told to post with like-material. :he That being said, maybe my questions and/or situation may bring some other thoughts to the author of the pervious post. So, now...
  17. Fire-Chicken

    New chick integration; 7 existing + 5 new chicks

    Ok, so I have some questions about introducing new chicks to my current flock. These questions may piggy-back. or, may be in addition to this (or other) threads. My Coop & Run Facts: Coop is 8'x6' Open floor plan with three nesting boxes 15 linear feet of roosting space (I plan on expanding...
  18. Fire-Chicken

    When to integrate chickens?

    My Coop & Run Facts: Coop is 8'x6' Open floor plan with three nesting boxes 15 linear feet of roosting space (I plan on expanding that to 20) The coop is on stilts (like a stilt home) with the floor of the coop 2' off of the ground (I sound like a realtor!! LOL) Run is 8' x 16' and completely...
  19. Fire-Chicken

    When to integrate chickens?

    Ok, so I have some questions about introducing new chicks to my current flock. These questions may piggy-back. or, may be in addition to this (or other) threads...
  20. Fire-Chicken

    Synergize Cleaner / Disinfectant

    Thanks so much for the guidance and input, everyone! Much appreciated. So, in preparation for the build of the “Ft. Knox”, coop/run, may I tag my new Florida chicken friends, in the coop build thread, and see what you think about my coop design and security features? (I just have to learn how...
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