help with introducing new hens

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by skellory, Jan 16, 2015.

  1. skellory

    skellory Hatching

    Nov 12, 2014
    Hi everyone, I am in the process of trying to introduce 4 x 12 week old hens to an existing flock on 1 x 12 week old hen and 2 roosters. I have the intention of doing away with one of the roos but he's not very big as of yet. They have all been sharing a coop at night for 2 weeks now with no fighting and everyone getting food - (the coop is rather large). The 'old flock' free range but the newbies stay in (or very close to) the coop during the day. My issue is that they show no signs of mixing, if they stay away from each other all is relatively ok (no blood drawn) but if the newbies inadvertantly go near the others they get pecked or chased. As a result they seem reluctant to leave the coop at all and seem rather stressed if the newbies are around. Do I leave well alone and hope for the best? I did have the passing thought that if they were going to act as 2 flocks anyway maybe I should try to get one of the roos to switch sides and have 2 tiny flocks - but that really breaks the 12 to 1 rule! Does anyone have any suggestions?
  2. familyfarm1

    familyfarm1 Crowing

    Jun 9, 2013
    Northern Virginia
  3. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Crowing

    Nov 12, 2009
    western South Dakota
    I would not worry about it, they will work it out eventually, but it does take time. I would NOT keep two roosters, and if this is your first experience with chickens or if you have small children, I strongly recommend getting rid of both.

    Get some experience, and add a rooster next year. People always have extra roosters.

    Mrs K

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