Expanding the flock

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by BBQJOE, Feb 18, 2017.


    BBQJOE Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 25, 2015
    Void where prohibited.
    It's been awhile kids, but there isn't a whole lot to talk about with only 7 flappers.
    The ladies took a few weeks off this winter, and have just snapped back into production.
    They are well over a year old, and none of these RIR's have gone to setting, so my hopes for a self sustaining chicken flock are pretty much squelched.
    A little research told me that Buff Orpingtons are good for my area, and are to supposed to be good setters.
    I have just ordered 25 from chicky in the box. (Mcmurry)

    They will be raised indoors, and this is also going to be a good opportunity/challenge to teach my dogs about chickens. Up until now, they only see them through the fence.
    As far as they know, chickens are only good for poop snacks. Once in awhile they get by me on my way into the chicken recreation yard. They don't seem to care as much about the birds as they do the snacks.

    I'm going to have to add onto, or build a separate coop for these new flappers to move into. My hope is that I can integrate them into the current setting without too much conflict.
    Anybody who doesn't follow the program will be dealt with accordingly.
    I'm hoping I don't have to beat the dogs and eat the chickens.
    The very worst case scenario will be beating the chickens, and eating the dogs. :D
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

    Mar 9, 2014
    My Coop
    Congrats on the impending arrivals -- BO are fabulous little birds!
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    If existing coop is big enough, section off part to brood the chicks....easier to integrate them young IMO.
    Side by side for a couple weeks, then tiny doors for chicks to mingle into big bird space.
    Best of cLuck.
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    the tiny doors that Aart mentioned are very good to use. Then if the biggies chase the chicks, they can safely run back thru the tiny door but the big birds cannot (ha ha!) I am small so I love that idea.
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    It is fun to watch that, and to see a bigger bird trying to fit thru the door just it's head can get thru....hahaha!
    Plus I've found the chicks seem to be of little threat to most the big birds.....and the chicks are fast, a small 'target' and can get away.
    But you've got to make those tiny doors adjustable.....I made one of mine too big and my skinnier hens could get thru until I adjusted it.
  6. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Flock Master

    Sep 20, 2015
    Southern N.C. Mountains
  7. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 16, 2010
    NEK, VT
    When it comes to breeds I'm fascist. Can't see Americans raising English birds that were made to compete with Plymouth Rocks in the first place. Try to enjoy the Orpintons anyway. It will be like rooting for the underdog and that can be fun;)

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