Can it really be this easy? Introducing new hens

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by foxinachickenhouse, Mar 9, 2011.

  1. foxinachickenhouse

    foxinachickenhouse Songster

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    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.
     
  2. NYREDS

    NYREDS Crowing

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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.
     
  3. tinychicky

    tinychicky Songster

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    cool [​IMG] i wish my leghorn girl was that easy. she FIGHTS MY COCHIN ROOSTER! AND HE FIGHTS BACK! [​IMG]
     
  4. wingsofglory

    wingsofglory Songster

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    Very encouraging. Thank you for posting.
     
  5. mboreham1

    mboreham1 Songster

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    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"
     
  6. dreamer4217

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    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[​IMG][​IMG]
     
  7. foxinachickenhouse

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    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. [​IMG]
     

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