Adding new birds?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by LuvMyChickies13, Aug 26, 2013.

  1. LuvMyChickies13

    LuvMyChickies13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello! I was just wondering if anyone had advice on adding new birds to a flock. Well in my case, adding to two hens. They are almost grown but I'd like to bring more in next season!
     
  2. LuvMyChickies13

    LuvMyChickies13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! I also read on the site you gave me that your not supposed to train your birds to sleep in their nest boxes? What if mine already do????[​IMG]
     
  3. Veer67

    Veer67 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Do you have a roost for them at night?
     
  4. LuvMyChickies13

    LuvMyChickies13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What is that?
     
  5. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

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    I always use a barrier of some sort in the coop. I have a big and tall coop, so I use 1-2 wire dog kennels, depending how many I'm adding to my flock. I get my chickens as babies or hatch myself, so as soon as they feather they are in the coop inside the wire dog kennels. I've never had any issues integrating them as this works well for me. I don't let the new chooks in with the adults until they are full grown which is about 3 weeks.

    It is always best to let them roam together or in the coop when the youngest are full grown. They don't really fend for themselves until 12 weeks anyway, this has been my experience and I add new chicks every year, sometimes 2-3 times a year. I started with a small flock and now it's really grown.

    Good luck. It's good you have 2 going in vs 1. They will stay buddies together for their life. Some of my hens have a really strong bond and they must roost together always.

    A roost is the bar they fly up at night to sleep. I have roosting bars in my coop and in my run.
     
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  6. DBlaz2

    DBlaz2 New Egg

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    I use wire dog crates in the coop for the new birds. Just be careful, I just had a hen get her foot stuck in the crate n fall off the side hurting her leg. If u are using a crate put wood on the top. This will also keep ur old chickens from pooping on the new guys
     
  7. DBlaz2

    DBlaz2 New Egg

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    I use wire dog crates in the coop for the new birds. Just be careful, I just had a hen get her foot stuck in the crate n fall off the side hurting her leg. If u are using a crate put wood on the top. This will also keep ur old chickens from pooping on the new guys
     
  8. Veer67

    Veer67 Chillin' With My Peeps

    If you have a roost your chickens should stop sleeping in the nesting boxes. Here's an example of a roost.

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  9. LuvMyChickies13

    LuvMyChickies13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for your help! And yes, I put a large branch in the coop for them to perch on. Will they sleep on that?
     

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