Best way to introduce hens

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by glandeche, May 19, 2009.

  1. glandeche

    glandeche Out Of The Brooder

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    I have twelve 20 week old Buffs, then i got 15 RIR's at easter all hens, now there fully feathered and i want them all in the same coop/run, whats the best way to get this done without a war?
     
  2. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I always put mine in together after they all settle down and go to sleep at night. Once they are all calm and on the roosts, I move them. They take a minute to get adjusted, but then calm down and go to sleep. When they wake up, they are together. There is usually a bit of squabbling that goes on, but nothing to bad.
     
  3. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    The above posts are excellent advice. No one thing will work in every situation. I believe in quarantining the new birds for at least a month, and then I put them in a run adjacent to the existing flock for a few more weeks. Sometimes there may be one bird that will be overly aggressive. I remove that bird and let the remaining members of the flock establish their pecking order before I reintroduce the trouble maker. Good luck in whatever you do. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     

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