Adding more pullets

Ducksandchickens

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Then what I would do is get a large dog crate or cage and put the younger ones in the dog cage. Put the cage near the coop or in the coop so that they are interacting but also keeping safe. (Make sure both sets of birds have food and water) let them be like this for week.
Make sure you let the caged birds out too so they don’t get sick and bored.
 

DobieLover

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I would give them a bit longer to get accustomed to one another than a week. Your younger pullets are still small. Your older pullets will give them a hard time due to their size.
You will need lots of roosting space and places where the new girls can get out of the line of sight of the older girls. Lots of space period.
Put out extra feeders and waterers as well.
What size is your main coop/run in feet x feet? Do you let your older pullets out to range?
I recently integrated a group of 3 slightly older pullets in with my group of 8 pullets and one cockerel. It went smooth as silk but I let them take the time they needed. The cockerel was actually a big help as he kept his girls in line around the new group. You can read the highlights of how I did it here:
https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/well-dang-that-was-easy.1281000/
Good luck.
 

jeffrey f

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Then what I would do is get a large dog crate or cage and put the younger ones in the dog cage. Put the cage near the coop or in the coop so that they are interacting but also keeping safe. (Make sure both sets of birds have food and water) let them be like this for week.
Make sure you let the caged birds out too so they don’t get sick and bored.
Thank you so much that’s what I’ll do
 

Ducksandchickens

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I would give them a bit longer to get accustomed to one another than a week. Your younger pullets are still small. Your older pullets will give them a hard time due to their size.
You will need lots of roosting space and places where the new girls can get out of the line of sight of the older girls. Lots of space period.
Put out extra feeders and waterers as well.
What size is your main coop/run in feet x feet? Do you let your older pullets out to range?
I recently integrated a group of 3 slightly older pullets in with my group of 8 pullets and one cockerel. It went smooth as silk but I let them take the time they needed. The cockerel was actually a big help as he kept his girls in line around the new group. You can read the highlights of how I did it here:
https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/well-dang-that-was-easy.1281000/
Good luck.
Thank you so much that’s what I’ll do
I agree with @DobieLover too. Let me rephrase: do this for a week and then let them be together to see how it goes for a day. If they are fine then keep an eye on them while they are together. If not keep them in the cage for a bit longer
 

jeffrey f

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Mar 23, 2015
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I would give them a bit longer to get accustomed to one another than a week. Your younger pullets are still small. Your older pullets will give them a hard time due to their size.
You will need lots of roosting space and places where the new girls can get out of the line of sight of the older girls. Lots of space period.
Put out extra feeders and waterers as well.
What size is your main coop/run in feet x feet? Do you let your older pullets out to range?
I recently integrated a group of 3 slightly older pullets in with my group of 8 pullets and one cockerel. It went smooth as silk but I let them take the time they needed. The cockerel was actually a big help as he kept his girls in line around the new group. You can read the highlights of how I did it here:
https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/well-dang-that-was-easy.1281000/
Good luck.
 

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