Adding new hens to the "flock"

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by jjdent, Nov 11, 2013.

  1. jjdent

    jjdent Out Of The Brooder

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    At present, my "flock" consists of a pair of Australorps. I've got three new hens and am wondering what is the best way to introduce them to the other two. They free-range and have a coop they go into at night.
     
  2. Peplers chicks

    Peplers chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    most prob people will not agree on thos one, but I say "let nature takes control" I only intervene when I see there is going to be bloodbath, or maybe they keep on fighting
     
  3. WalkingOnSunshine

    WalkingOnSunshine Overrun With Chickens

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    The most usual way to introduce new flock members is to let them get to know each other on opposite sides of a fence for a week or so, then put them together.

    In this case, as long as the chickens are all physically the same size (ish) then I think you can put them together all at once. I say this because your current chickens will be outnumbered by the new girls, and probably won't be able to really pick on just one. Keep an eye on them, though. Also, have you looked at the BYC Learning Center? There are lots of articles that might help you, and I know there's one about integrating new birds.
     

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