Getting new chickens, combining flocks?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Lil Mucket, Feb 21, 2011.

  1. Lil Mucket

    Lil Mucket Out Of The Brooder

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    Hola!

    So I'm finishing up my chicken tractor/coop this week and next weekend I will go get my hens. I'll probably get them off craigslist - I don't want to get chicks, I want to get pullets that are either already laying or about ready to lay.

    Chances are, I won't get all my birds from one place. My daughter has her heart set on a barred rock, I really want to try leghorns and black stars, and I also want some colored eggers... you know how it goes!

    Anyway so if I end up getting multiple birds from different places, they may also be different ages... here's my concern.

    I've got a couple leads on hens. One farm has 1 yr old leghorns & eggers that I want (4 total), and another has as many 3 month old black Stars as I want, I'd probably get 4 of them. I also need to find a barred rock, but I'm worried that the other hens would pick on her because she'd not have any "friends" that came with her.

    Am I overthinking this? Or would it be better to try and find a barred rock that came with a friend? I know it's inevitable that someone ends at the bottom of the pecking order, I just don't like the thought of "dooming" one of the girls to that position.
     
  2. Betsy410

    Betsy410 Out Of The Brooder

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    Good Question. I have read that it is hard to integrate. I got 6 chicks last spring and our BO "Sunshine" turned out to be "Mr. Sunshine" and I lost a RIR over the winter so I would like to get 2 new chicks or pullets to replace them. I hope someone has some good stories.

    Betsy
     
  3. Lil Mucket

    Lil Mucket Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you Dawn!
     
  4. AllCoop'dUp

    AllCoop'dUp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does anyone think there is an issue with getting chicks from two different farms and mixing them together without any quarantine period?
     
  5. ILikeChickens1978

    ILikeChickens1978 Out Of The Brooder

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    Shouldn't be a problem. I've done it without an issue.
     

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