Advice on adding new members to my existing flock

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by brendae2007, Mar 28, 2016.

  1. brendae2007

    brendae2007 New Egg

    Jan 23, 2014
    I have a mixed flock of 4 buff orpingtons, 1 rhode island red, 3 silver laced wyndottes, and 2 golden laced wyndottes. These girls are three years old and have been together since they were day old chicks. They are becoming inconsistent with their laying and so I feel it is time to add to the flock. I do allow them to free range and when not free ranging their pen is on the large side (22 x 25). My question is what breeds would be good to add with this flock and how do you add them without the new ones being pecked to death(my Wynddottes and Rhode Island red are bullies) ? I want to add at lease six to ten more hens. I would add all buffs but the ones I have go broody quite a bit and I hate having to put them in the broody box to break them. I would like to add hens that are people friendly and fairly good layers of brown eggs. Any suggestions or advice would be much appreciated.
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Chicks are a-hatching Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    It's easier to add chicks than adult birds. Are you only interested in adults? Are your birds actually bullies or you are saying so because many have troubles with those breeds? Barred rocks and australorps would be my suggestions. Either chicks or adults, plan on penning them next to each other, or a pen within your existing set up for a while. The adult birds will take longer for your existing birds to accept, and chicks will take longer to get eggs from.
  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by