Adding to the flock

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by mrstrouty, Sep 14, 2012.

  1. mrstrouty

    mrstrouty Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 4, 2012
    I have a question....I have 4 15wk old cockerels and 2 15wk old pullets. I would like to add more girls to the flock. Do I try to get them close to or the same age as the ones I have....or can I introduce older hens to the gang without having issues?
  2. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    You definitely need more pullets of less cockerels!! With four cockerels you would need quite a few more females though, so you might want to consider weeding out two of your cockerels. Most suggest about a 10:1 ratio of hens to cocks, although many get by with a smaller ratio. With four cockerels, I'd think you'd want at least 20 females (unless you pen some of the cockerels separately).
    BUT, I'm guessing you're not interested in adding 18 more females. If you're talking about adding 3 or 4 birds, you could go with older birds, since the younger ones would outnumber them, kind of leveling the playing field. If you're talking more than that, I'd try to find a similar age. Be sure to quarantine...and integrating will take some patience and work...
  3. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

    Aug 20, 2010
    :goodpost: and agreed.

    I'd suggest, if possible, to add older girls. Let them train those young boys.
  4. AlicesSilkies

    AlicesSilkies Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have added twice to my flock and have found that it went fine aslong as the birds i added were big enough to stand up for themselves, it also helps if they are bigger in size

    Good Luck [​IMG]

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