How long should I wait after getting new chickens?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by TheMainException, Jul 11, 2010.

  1. TheMainException

    TheMainException Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Since I just lost 1 of my 7 to disease and found out that of the 6 left, definitely 2 and possibly a third are roosters, I'm planning on getting another group of young chickens in a few weeks. Once I get them, how long should I wait before mixing the two groups? They will probably be 12 weeks or so old when I get them. My current flock is about 18-20 weeks old. I know I need to give them some time separated from the established flock so I can check for diseases and such, but is the age difference too much when they are only 3 months old?
     
  2. eKo_birdies

    eKo_birdies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i would quarantine for 6 weeks. the age difference shouldn't be a problem if properly managed.
     
  3. TheMainException

    TheMainException Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Awesome, thanks.

    Also, if I have 9 hens, should I keep 1 or 2 roosters? Do you think keeping two would be a problem? Right now the two I know for certain to be roosters don't do much more than a little staring each other down and sometimes jumping at each other, so they don't seem terribly aggressive.
     

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