Adding more chickens to my current 3

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Hollyschooks, Jun 24, 2007.

  1. Hollyschooks

    Hollyschooks Hatching

    Feb 5, 2007
    Tannum Sands, Australia
    Is it ok to just put 2-3 more chickens in with the 3 I already have? I don't have any separate areas to keep them apart. I have 3 Rhode Island Reds but want to get 2-3 more of a different breed. Thanks
  2. mudhen

    mudhen confidently clueless

    Jan 15, 2007
    Shepherdstown, WV
    Shouldn't be a problem, just 'separate' them with a screen or wire until they get used to seeing each other. In a day or two, remove the separation and keep an eye on them.
    They'll establish a pecking order, but should get along well after that.
    I made a small wire cage area in my coop and kept them inside for a day and night. Next morning I released them all in the run and everyone has been OK since.
    Good luck!
  3. hatchcrazzzy

    hatchcrazzzy Songster

    Jun 8, 2007
    kemp texas
    also they have to be about the same age or they will fight and maybe hurt the younger ones
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    If you are getting grown chickens and putting them in with your others, it's advisable to have a quarantine period. There are nasty things that chickens carry to other chickens and it may not be obvious right at first. I bought a 10 month old BR rooster last year and I quarantined him for a month before introducing him to my flock. He had lice and favus, due to his substandard living conditions, and I had to treat both of those, which were not apparent to me at first, so the quarantine was necessary. So many diseases are things your birds may eventually recover from, but they stay carriers for the rest of their lives, so caution is in order. Putting birds in with your flock with no quarantine can lead to the loss of the entire flock if they are bringing something nasty with them.
    If you are getting chicks from a hatchery, they naturally must be brooded then need to be almost as large as the ones you have before you put them together, probably 3 months old at least.
    Last edited: Jun 24, 2007

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