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Baby chickens and battery chickens

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by pacelli27, Mar 24, 2017.

  1. pacelli27

    pacelli27 In the Brooder

    Mar 24, 2017
    First time chicken owner here! I just bought 3 young chickens at the feed store and tomorrow I'm getting 6 ex battery hens. My questions are do I have to keep them separated for a certain amount of time? Also how long do I keep them in their "run" before I let them free roam my yard. Thank you

  2. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    When you get chickens from 2 different sources, I think it's wise to have a period of separation between the 2 groups (30 days is the recommended isolation period). That way you'll be sure you aren't introducing an illness or pests between the birds. If the 2 groups of birds are different size, you'll want the smaller ones to be closer in size to the larger ones so the inevitable squabbling over the pecking order gives everyone an equal chance. You can read more about isolation and integration here: https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/adding-to-your-flock

    Good luck to you!
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  3. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

    Apr 24, 2016
    Hello, and welcome to our wonderful forum! I am so glad you joined Backyard Chickens, I hope you will make yourself at home here and enjoy it as much as I have! :frow

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  4. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under pacelli27 [​IMG] Welcome!

    Integration was a Topic of the Week and you might also find this thread interesting reading: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1126547/topic-of-the-week-integrating-chicks-into-an-adult-flock

    I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun.

    You might want to also pop in and say hello on your local thread: https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/26/where-am-i-where-are-you ‘Find your State’s thread.

    If you would like to share pictures and stories of your flock, you have come to the right place. BYC’ers never tire of these and do not back away slowly or commence eye rolling when the photo album or home videos come out [​IMG]
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  5. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas and [​IMG]! Pleased to have you aboard! Looks like you've received a lot of great links and advice so I'll just say best wishes and thanks for joining BYC! [​IMG]
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    ex battery hens may be carrying parasites inside & out, also may have beaks mostly clipped off etc. They usually need a lot of attention till they start looking and acting like real chickens. So it is wise to keep them away from your baby chicks. Also they may have never been kept with chicks & may attack them.

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