Adding hens to a flock>>>>>

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Phionex Boy, Jul 29, 2014.

  1. Phionex Boy

    Phionex Boy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If i have 3 hens in a flock can i add 3 more to them later when the chicks are 5 weeks old? Will the rosters still mate with the 7 week old chickens? Would they get hurt?
     
  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    You don't want to add 5 week old chicks to adults, they will probably get picked on and may even get killed, it is best to wait until the chickens are about the same size (so around four months old for standard birds), and then a long period of seeing but no touching through wire seem to work best, ie dividing the coop into two sections or keeping the new/younger ones in a cage inside the coup for a couple of weeks to a month at least. The chickens will get to know each other and sort of work out a pecking order before actually coming in contact with each other. If you can, letting them free range together is a good idea and should help with the integrating ... It will take a couple of weeks to get the pecking order sorted out when you do combine them. There is a nice article in the Learning Center on integrating flocks you might like to check out, the part about actually combining them is after the quarantine section https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/adding-to-your-flock
     
  3. lightchick

    lightchick Overrun With Chickens

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    A rooster might try to mate with the chicks. Some roos are very nice to young chicks and actually show they around and help them know all the rules. It really depends on your roo.
    How old is your roo and your hens?
     
  4. Phionex Boy

    Phionex Boy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    oh im just planning ahead i have 6 chickens right now 18 weeks old all of them so i have to get rid of 2 so im getting 3 more chicks later
     
  5. lightchick

    lightchick Overrun With Chickens

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    Why are you getting rid of 2 and then getting 3 more?
     
  6. Phionex Boy

    Phionex Boy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have to get rid of 2 roosters i have 3 [​IMG] BTW witch rooster is better between barred rock,RIR, and Buff orpington
     
  7. lightchick

    lightchick Overrun With Chickens

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    Buff Orpingtons are suppose to be the nicest! I'd go with the Buff Oprington.
     
  8. Stiggy

    Stiggy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Orpington or barred rock all the way
     
  9. mightymax

    mightymax Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think Phoenix Boy may have accidentally posted his question about adding more hens on this thread instead of starting a new thread. Maybe I'm wrong, but I thought this thread used to be about "What Chickens are the most broody?" If I'm wrong, please forgive me and then excuse me while I go get my head checked...lol !!!
     

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