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Adding to my flock - How does my plan sound?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Tacswa3, Mar 15, 2015.

  1. Tacswa3

    Tacswa3 Out Of The Brooder

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    I want to add 3 chickens to my flock of 5. These will not be chicks, but pullets and could range from 8 to 12 weeks old. (Haven't been to my supplier yet, don't know what they have)

    I have a small enclosed portable run that I will add a dogloo for shelter. I was going to place this along side the existing run on the outside so they can all see but no touchy. After a week or so I thought about sectioning off an area in the main run for the newbies but I don't have much room for a shelter. I was hoping my first idea would be fine.

    Here is my issue, My coop is small and I don't have the room in there to place a dog crate inside and have the newbies in there. I'm hoping once I let them in the main run, they all will just have have to figure things out on their own.

    Not the best plan but any other ideas would be great. Any tips from small flock owners with small areas please chime in.
     
  2. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you don't have much room in your regular coop/run then you first idea is what you should go with. Trying to cram more stuff and the new chickens in a small area is not ideal. One of the rules of integration is to have as much space as possible during an integration. After the week of looking I would try to connect the portable run with your run for the integration. So to give the new comers space to retreat to for a bit.
     
  3. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Overrun With Chickens

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    I think I might consider adjusting the joint fence so that the smaller birds could escape into their safe space if needed. But that might mean jeopardizing the integrity of the fence?

    Setting up some hideouts in the main pen helps a great deal.

    Mrs K
     
  4. Gayelynne

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    Hi everyone I'm hoping someone can help me. I have four chickens all grown up now and I would love to go get four more. How long do I have to wait to add them all together? The four new ones will be little babies... Please any suggestions? Thank you GL
     
  5. Tacswa3

    Tacswa3 Out Of The Brooder

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    Ahh, I didn't think of setting up the adjoining fence to allow them a place to retreat. I'd have to think on that one because its chain link. Maybe hiding places will do the trick. Thanks for the ideas, thats why I posted :)
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    You might consider modifying your chainlink run with a sliding door to permanently accommodate this setup......
    ......cause you never know when you'll need a separate but adjacent enclosure.

    Is your main coop and run big enough to healthfully hold 8 birds?
    Have you considered a biosecure quarantine of the new birds......in case they being in any pests or disease?

    ETA: this link covers quarantine and integration.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/adding-to-your-flock
     
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2015
  7. Tacswa3

    Tacswa3 Out Of The Brooder

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    aart - Thanks for the reminder about the quarantine. I knew that but just plain forgot about it.

    My current run is 10x20 and will be expanded to 16x20 so that should be large enough for 8 birds. I do part time free ranging as well. My main coop is 4x6 so I'm right at the capacity for room in there. To be honest, my birds only go into the coop to lay and roost anyway.

    Any ideas for a cheap temporary coop for the quarantine birds?
     
  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    OhMan, I wouldn't put 5 + 3 new birds in a 4x6 even just to sleep and lay....roosting time is gonna be a rodeo!

    You might be able to use the portable run and dogloo for quarantine....just put it far, far away from the main coop/run and follow other biosecurity procedures.
     

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