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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by MolleEnrico715, Feb 24, 2009.

  1. MolleEnrico715

    MolleEnrico715 New Egg

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    How do we go about introducing new chicks... in with our current 3?What do we need to do so they don't get pecked to death or so that the hens don't bully them.
     
  2. PortageGirl

    PortageGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Several ways you can do it, most depend on the ages and numbers of the new ones. No matter what, it's a good idea to keep the new ones isolated for a time to make sure they're not sick, then, if you have room to 'split' your run, or add second run along side the old one where the new one's can hang out for a while so they can 'meet and greet' through a fence. If you can't do that, or if it's just a couple, put the new ones in a crate or cage inside the pen so they can meet each other. after several days or a week or so of that, you can put the new ones on the roosts at night when they're all asleep and in their nightime stupor. I swear hens go into mini-coma's at night!

    You'll need to watch them though, some pecking and squabbling is normal, but it CAN get out of hand so be there first thing in the morning to act as referee in case they get vicious. (cause they can)
     
  3. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    I have two coops with separate runs and brooders that I can put my chicks in where I can put them in with the bigger birds and yet keep them safe. There are pictures on my BYC Page.
     

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