Hey, how long should I...

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Ec_Prokta, Aug 9, 2009.

  1. Ec_Prokta

    Ec_Prokta Continuum Shift Anomaly

    Jan 14, 2009
    Ok, I have 2 flocks: a young flock, and an old flock. Mom put the coops next to echother (they don't free range, so there's wire between them) So how long should they stay like that before I let the young flock into the old flock group??
  2. briteday

    briteday Songster

    Dec 16, 2008
    Northern NV
    We did the side-by-side for two weeks then let them out to free range together later in the evening. Then we made sure the new girls went to roost in the shed with the big girls.

    While they were free ranging for an hour or so before roosting, we sat in the run with a garden hose so that we could squirt any offenders who thought it might be ok to pick on newbies. Worked out pretty well. There will still be some pecking order that develops. But as long as there is no blood shed I'm good with a little push and shove.
  3. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Songster

    Oct 18, 2007
    depends, if the young flock is about the same size as the old flock then you can combine when you want to, if they young flock is still small compared to the old flock I would wait till they are closer to same size.
  4. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    I had my coops near each other each with its run and both with access to a fenced yard. I had them next to each other for a couple of months before I let them out together. At first I would let the pullets out into the yard then put them back into their run then let the hens into the yard. One day I let the pullets out into the yard and after they were out for awhile I let the hens out. There was some chasing. I had two hens that were bullies that I had to separate otherwise everyone got along ok.

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  5. Ec_Prokta

    Ec_Prokta Continuum Shift Anomaly

    Jan 14, 2009
    Thanks, guys!

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