Adding to my flock

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Meg2, May 16, 2016.

  1. Meg2

    Meg2 New Egg

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    Hi Everyone,

    I currently have six, 9 week old chickens in my flock. A few turned out to be roosters so I would like to add a few more to the flock. I purchased 4 month old pullets from a reputable farm in my area. My question is:

    1. How do I go about feeding the 9 week olds and the 4 month old chickens? Do they need different food at this point?

    2. Any tips on integrating the flock? Should they be added at night time? Should they be quarantined first?

    Thank you all for any advice!

    Meg
     
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi Meg,

    Its a good idea to quarantine any new flock additions for 30 days or so.

    They can both eat growers food for now. In order to simplify feeding, many members choose to give growers / general flock feed and offer crushed oyster shell as an option so that those birds that are laying can access additional calcium (they know when they need it).

    In terms of introductions, I've included a few links that may help you out.

    Flock integration
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1015820/reintegration-by-supervised-visits#post_15742910

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/adding-to-your-flock



    Intro chicks to adults
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1069595/introducing-chicks-to-adults#post_16276224

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/introducing-new-chickens-using-the-see-but-don-t-touch-method

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1098683/introducing-new-chickens-to-old-flock#post_16895615
     
  3. Meg2

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    Thank you for the info. I appreciate the advice!
     
  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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