Can it really be this easy? Introducing new hens

foxinachickenhouse

Songster
9 Years
Apr 8, 2010
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Oregon
A few weeks back we got 3 new Australorp hens. After the appropriate quarantine period I prepared to introduce them to my mixed flock. I was planning to bring them in slowly in a separate run/ same area etc, etc.

Day before yesterday, in a fit of post flu dementia I decided to just let them all out to free range together and see what happened. There was 1 small scuffle, our wonderful roo broke it up immediately and that was it. They free ranged together all afternoon, eventually bedding back in their respective coops.

Next day, I put the new girls in the run area with the flock and there was no drama whatsoever. They all acted like they had been there all along. Come night fall I let them bed in each their respective coops again.

Today, same thing. They go into to run with the flock, no drama. So I locked them all in the main coop at dusk and let it play out at roosting time. One new hen roosted just fine between her new buddies and the other 2 were confused, so I put them on the roost. Now they are all just fine.

My question is...can it really be this easy? Will I wake up to carnage? Did we just get lucky? Is it because of our excellent roo and his supervisory skills? I expected a lot more stress and kerfuffles.
 

NYREDS

Crowing
12 Years
Jan 14, 2008
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Sometimes it's that easy, sometimes you get carnage. The carnage usually occurs on introduction not later. I think you're ok.
 

tinychicky

Songster
9 Years
Mar 24, 2010
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Hollis, New Hampshire
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i wish my leghorn girl was that easy. she FIGHTS MY COCHIN ROOSTER! AND HE FIGHTS BACK!
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mboreham1

Songster
10 Years
Dec 14, 2009
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Carmichael, CA
yep, it was that easy for me! free ranging where there was plenty of space for escape from scuffles is the key to the introduction. i have introduced birds 4 times like this and never once "carnage"
 

dreamer4217

Chirping
8 Years
Mar 6, 2011
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Riverside CA
I introduced two new older hens to my two younger hens last night and had no problems at all and I do not have a rooster old enough to go outside of the border yet. I'm excited to get the baby's out side... O o O and I got my First 2 eggs ever today:D
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foxinachickenhouse

Songster
9 Years
Apr 8, 2010
309
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Oregon
An uneventful night in the coop! I am grateful it went so smoothly and am so glad we got the new Aussies. They are such good layers. New happy chickens, what a joy.
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