Bringing new hens into the coop

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by butters, May 31, 2010.

  1. butters

    butters New Egg

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    We are trying to introduce two new hens (young 14 weeks) into the coop
    the trouble is that the boss hen ( who used to be the low one on the pecking order
    till we got rid of the old boss hen) is just ruthless to these new
    hens , do I do anything or just let them take their lumps and
    things will eventually settle out?
     
  2. vnploveschickens

    vnploveschickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hopefully you have quarantined your new hens from your current flock to make sure they are healthy.

    After quarantine, can you separate the new from the current so they can see each other, but not touch each other. Maybe with some chicken wire. That way, they can get to know each other.

    Then in a week or so, be patient, you can give them some supervised together time. There will be pecking but hopefully not too bad.

    Good luck!
     

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