Advice on moving day? New coop with new chickens

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by princess araucana, Aug 8, 2009.

  1. princess araucana

    princess araucana Songster

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    Hi, it is sooo close to being done!! I never thought it would take this long!

    We have four older hens and four new 4 month olds we will mix into the new coop.

    Any advice on best way/ how/ when to move everyone in together?

    Won't my older girls miss their old coop?

    Can't wait to show off with pictures soon!
     
  2. thechickenchick

    thechickenchick Born city, Living country

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    It may take them a few days to get used to it and "pick" their spots, but they will be fine. They might not lay normal for a few days. Some might adjust faster than the others.

    As far as putting them together, I would just do it at a time when you can supervise for a while. At 4 months they should be big enough to hold their own.

    Good luck and post pics of the new Chicken Palace when you can!!
     
  3. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

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    If you have not seen it, this is a great article on how to integrate flocks.

    Buff Hooligan’s Adding to your flock
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=2593-adding-to-your-flock

    I agree with Chickenchick. I'd put the young ones in a few days before I added the older hens. You are going to get pecking order issues anyway, but the older hens will be a little less territorial. It may be less vicious. I'd also consider having two separate eating and drinking stations for a few days. It may cut down on potential conflict initiaters.
     
  4. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    Quote:I agree!!!
     
  5. princess araucana

    princess araucana Songster

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    Thanks, great article!! I need to figure out how to find those. Is there some kind of index for info pages like that? I like how there is a sticky at the top of some sections like coop building...
    I love this place!
     
  6. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

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    When I find an article or thread that I think is worth saving, I save the link on a word document. I need to do a better job of organizing it but it sure comes in handy.
     

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