Holding pen for new hens?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Mattemma, Dec 27, 2009.

  1. Mattemma

    Mattemma Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 12, 2009
    I responded to an ad to take in 4 buff o. hens that will be a year old in March. I have 3 hens in a shed already.I am wondering what could I put together to hold the hens until I can add them to the 3 in the shed.I was thinking of using a large dog crate/cage I have,and setting that up in the garage.Would that be a decent place for the girls till I can add them to my mini flock? What have you used?

    Also,when the time comes to add them do I take the hens into the shed at night and put them on a perch,or should I just put them in the shed during the day while my other girls are out in the yard/run?

    This is my first year with hens and first time taking in new hens.

    Do I have to wait 30 days to add them to my flock? Is 2 weeks enough to see if they have any diseases?
  2. jwchicklady

    jwchicklady Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 29, 2009
    Howell, MI
    I have used a large dog crate and it has worked out fine. Is the shed large enough to eventually put the whole crate in it for a few days, so the chickens can get used to seeing each other, but not mixed together just yet. I just integrated 6 new chickens to my flock of 10--I put the new girls in the coop while the old girls were free ranging and then when the old girls came in, there was plenty of room in the coop/run for everyone to run around and do the pecking order thing. I have had them mixed together for about a week now and they are working things out pretty well. some pecking here and there, but not too bad. My most difficult addition to my flock was when i just had 1 hen to add. That poor hen got picked on to the point where i had to feed her separately for awhile. she ended up blending in fine when I brought the other new ones in.

    4 weeks is the recommended quarantine time.
  3. Mattemma

    Mattemma Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 12, 2009
    Thanks so much for the input. I have my shed packed with straw bails for the winter,so I can not fit the cage in there right now. If I don't get these hens I will definately put the cage in when I add the chicks in the summer that I plan to get.

    Did you wait the full 30 days to add your new hens?
  4. pixie74943

    pixie74943 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 25, 2009
    Adelaide, Australia
    I read this as 'Holiday Pens' lol

    Personally, I just grabbed the scraps I could find around the house and bashed something together. [​IMG] it worked, although I took me forever to work out a watering system that didnt instantly turn into mud (the answer was to put it up on a couple of pavers and change it every day)

    And I waited 30 days, was hard though..
    It still took almost a month after that before I finally got them sleeping together though

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