Best time to introduce new hens to existing coop

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by deanjoane, May 18, 2011.

  1. deanjoane

    deanjoane New Egg

    May 18, 2011
    Thinking about adding new birds to an established flock, advice?
  2. Domestic_goddess

    Domestic_goddess Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 26, 2009
    There are alot of things to consider and you need to do your research! I never add new chicks to my exsisting flock until they are fully grown and can protect them selves. I start off at around 3-4 months of age, keeping them in seperate pens...but allowing them to see eachother through fencing, gradually letting them free range all together. It takes time for them all to get the pecking order worked out, but the new ones have to go through it to get established in the flock. It can be done, just takes time and patience! Good luck!

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