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how long does it take to allow new additions (hens) free range privilege

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by SonnyLTPI, Apr 4, 2016.

  1. SonnyLTPI

    SonnyLTPI Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi, I am growing my flock here in Bataan, Philippines and when I don't have my chickens in breeding pens they free range. I am adding more pullets and hens from another breeder. I have them in a yard cage while waiting to allow them access to the yard our #2 hen today a Red head Claret tried fighting the one of the new Carolina hens through the cage the Alpha hen after a few minutes pecked her and all was good. Any advice?
     
  2. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

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    Do you have a coop? The birds need a place to call home. With new birds they are typically cooped if a large area or penned with the coop if small. This forces them to go to roost and gett accustomed to where you want them to lay eggs and roost at night. It can take a week but there after when let to range will come back to the coop to lay and roost.
     
  3. SonnyLTPI

    SonnyLTPI Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a breeding coop for a select few at this point most of the mature hens tend to roost in the mango tree but one currently likes my saw horse to roost on she tries to brood but I know her egg laying spot and prefer the success of my incubator over the risk of predators.I have 3 pens set up for 1month 2 month and 3 month olds along with 2 brooders 1 for day to week old the other with more space for 1 week to 1 month. I am adding another run and breeding pen this week. My stock is and Asil Sweater cross rooster, a claret rooster a Pure grey rooster and the last rooster is a lemon sweater but I discovered he has a crook tail and was advised not to use him for breeding.
    I have a Red head Claret hen, 2 Mcrae's 1 Mel Sims black, 1 Gold dome and 2 Carolinas hens (the only ones with spurs in my stock) 6 immature pullets and a Pair of Kabirs with their own coop
    My Kabir hen is the most reliable every 25 hour egg layer of the bunch followed by the Mel Sims Black and then the Mcrae's and Gold Dome. The Clare is a good Layer but she has a hidden nest. I have 30 chicks and more than 60 on the way. I also have a pair of Pekin Ducks and Muscovy's and a turkey with 2 wives lol. Getting a pair of Pure Grey's next month and am looking for a trio of pure Asil's and a white claret hen here in the philippines
     

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