Best way to introduce hens

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

  1. glandeche

    glandeche Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 9, 2009
    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

    Mar 25, 2008
    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

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    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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