Adding New Chooks

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by LeonieJane, Feb 3, 2012.

  1. LeonieJane

    LeonieJane Out Of The Brooder

    Hello All,

    We currently have 3 chooks (2 isa browns & 1 white sussex) and we are thinking about adding a couple of Australorp chooks...is there likely to be any issues adding them to the existing coup we already have?

    Cheers

    Leonie
     
    Last edited: Feb 3, 2012
  2. chookhead

    chookhead Chillin' With My Peeps

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    most probly btu eventually they will sort it out but if the age difference is too big they may kill each other so make sure each party can defend each other then add them together and ti shud happen
     
  3. LeonieJane

    LeonieJane Out Of The Brooder

    our chooks are only about 12 months old
     
  4. chookhead

    chookhead Chillin' With My Peeps

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    if all the same age nothing much will happen unless some are much larger than others they will peck and etc etc try putting a little bit of vinegar in their water for a while just splash
     
  5. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    How old are the ones you are planning on adding? If you get them as chicks, you will want to house them separately until they are roughly the same size as your older ones. (around 12-13 weeks) Get at least 2 as you don't want to integrate a lone bird. When you put them together, do so at night and add them to the roost. There will be some chasing, pecking and bullying - but as long as there is no blood, let them work it out. Prepare not to get any eggs for a few days from your older girls either, they don't like change.
     

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