Got my chickens!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Jessichick, Oct 15, 2012.

  1. Jessichick

    Jessichick Out Of The Brooder

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    Just got 2 hens yesterday. We bought them and a coop off craigslist. They are super fun and i am already dreaming of coop upgrades! Our girls aren't super friendly, but still very sweet. The kids are loving them and I can already see why everyone says chickens are addicting.
    We might get some chicks next Spring. Any good tips on introducing them? I have heard it is not easy.
     
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas, Jessichick, and [​IMG]! Congrats on the new chicks and coop! [​IMG] Always an exciting time!! When you add new chicks in the spring make sure they are an adequate size to be able to get away from the established birds. Make sure there is plenty of space as overcrowding makes for aggression and the newbies will be the recipients. Try to introduce the new ones visually - in another pen where the birds can meet each other but can't get picked on. Do this for a few days. When you do incorporate the new ones, put them in the coop with the others at dark as everyone calms down a lot at night and won't be aggressive in the dark. That way they wake up together. And let them out at daybreak so the older birds don't bully the now confined newbies. Others will have advice as well I'm sure. Good luck to you!!
     
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  3. CGinJCMO

    CGinJCMO Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to BYC Jessichick

    If you do a search for introducing new chickens to flock, you should get lots of hints.

    some basics: introduce more than 1 at a time.
    Quarantine,
    After quarantine, have them where they can see each other but can't touch.
    Put new ones in coop at dark - the chickens smell them over the course of the night so when they can see them in the morning they are already familiar.
    Add new ones of similar age/size.
    Put everyone in a new coop so everyone is on strange yet equal footing. (not always possible)

    I'm sure there's more but that's what's coming into my brain right now

    CG
     
  4. Big A Chickens

    Big A Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi and :welcome So glad you joined us!!!! :weee
     
  5. jbirds2012

    jbirds2012 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us!
     
  7. aaabirdman

    aaabirdman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello and Welcome to BYC[​IMG]
     
  8. Red Barn Farms

    Red Barn Farms ~Friendly Fowl~

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    Hello and welcome to BYC from Kentucky!





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  10. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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