Adding pullets

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by chickenbh1999, Feb 19, 2015.

  1. chickenbh1999

    chickenbh1999 Out Of The Brooder

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    I'am planning on ordering chicks at the end of Apirl. I have 18 hens now and 1 rooster, they will be a year old in Apirl. When would be the right time to add them together?
     
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    chickenbh1999 Out Of The Brooder

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  3. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
    It is best to wait until the new chickens are about the same size as the older ones, and a long period of seeing but no touching through wire seem to work best, ie dividing the coop into two sections or keeping the new/younger ones in a cage inside the coup for a couple of weeks to a month at least. The chickens will get to know each other and sort of work out a pecking order before actually coming in contact with each other. Letting them free range together is a good idea and should help... It will take a couple of weeks to get the pecking order sorted out. There is a nice article in the Learning Center on integrating flocks you might like to check out, the part about actually combining them is after the quarantine section https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/adding-to-your-flock
     
  4. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to our flock. Kelsie2290 has given you some good advice. There is a good article on adding chickens to an existing flock at http://poultrykeeper.com/general-chickens/introducing-new-chickens. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck in combining your flocks.
     
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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  6. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]I'm glad you joined our "flock"

    You've been given some good advice already! Good luck with the integration.
     
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us!
     
  8. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Kelsie has given you great advice!

    It's recommended to mix new chickens with the rest when they are at least 8 weeks old. It depends on how you will be introducing them.
     
  9. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] I'm glad you joined our "flock!"

    Good luck with your chickens!
     
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    Welcome to BYC!
     

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