How Should I Incorporate New Chickens Into The Flock

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by france, Nov 9, 2010.

  1. france

    france Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 2, 2009
    North East
    The last time I incorporated new chickens into the flock it was my new chicks I raised last spring. I put them
    in a wire dog crate in the coop for a month before letting then free with the others one day when they were
    big enough to fend for themselves.

    I presently have 2 new hens, supposedly 18 months old, to incorporate in soon due to winter weather. They are
    living in a dog crate in my barn. Should I put the crate into the big coop for a few days or should I put them in the
    coop loose one night and let them be?

    Note to others: always double check things like how long to quarantine before getting new chickens. Here
    I thought it would be maybe a week or 2. I have 2 hens living in a dog crate in my barn for a month who are
    not very happy.
  2. NonnasBabies

    NonnasBabies Muddy Acre Farms Premium Member

    Sep 20, 2009
    On the Farm!
    Their big girls so I would let them start free ranging with them and then see what happens when they go roost!! They might want to continue sleeping in their dog crate for a bit longer!!

    Good Luck

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