Absolutely love my small flock of Buff Orphingtons. Looking to expand with the addition of Barred Rocks soon. Love this site. Looking forward to meeting and utilizing the info and ideas here. Thank you BYC!
One of the most important things you can do for your flock is to isolate the new birds for a 30-day period. That will help safeguard your existing chickens from any pests or illnesses the new birds may have. After that, giving both sets of birds a chance to "look but not touch" for a couple of weeks will help them get used to each other. Once they are all together, there will probably still be some little skirmishes as they determine the new pecking order, but as long as bleeding or serious injury doesn't occur, they should all be fine.
Welcome to BYC and the coop! There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to joined the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around BYC.