How should I introduce my new chickens to the flock

Flock Master64

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Hello,
I currently have 1 White Leghorn Hen and 3 Ambler Link Hens. In a few days I will be getting 1 Chocolate Cuckoo Cockerel 1 Olive Egger Pullet, and 1 Buff Brahmah Pullet. What is the best way to combine my two flocks?
 

Flock Master64

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I've been told that the cockerel I'm getting is big enough to put in with my hens but small enough to go in with the pullets. I'm going to try and introduce the cockerel to my hens first, and I've been told that my hens will try and kill my cockerel, any ideas on how to introduce them peacfuly?
 

SueT

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Look up BYC forums on integrating newcomers with existing flocks. There is a wealth of good advice. The current chickens will most likely resent the newbies and consider them a threat. They need time to get to know each other.... In a nutshell, divide the space so they can see but not touch each other and wait at least two weeks.
 

BruceAZ

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I've been told that the cockerel I'm getting is big enough to put in with my hens but small enough to go in with the pullets. I'm going to try and introduce the cockerel to my hens first, and I've been told that my hens will try and kill my cockerel, any ideas on how to introduce them peacfuly?

i have mixed flock..

the other hens are 1/5-2x the size..

 

aart

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Hello,
I currently have 1 White Leghorn Hen and 3 Ambler Link Hens. In a few days I will be getting 1 Chocolate Cuckoo Cockerel 1 Olive Egger Pullet, and 1 Buff Brahmah Pullet. What is the best way to combine my two flocks?
How much space do you have...in coop and run in feet by feet?
Do you free range at all?
How old are all the birds?
Do you you have a separate but adjacent enclosure so the birds can see each other but not touch for a couple-few weeks?

It's not so much about size/age as it is about territoriality....the existing birds are not going to be happy to have 'strange' birds invade their space.
Lots of space, multiple feed/water stations, places to hide 'out of line of sight'(but not dead end traps) and up and away from aggressors all help the integration go smoother.

Consider biological/medical quarantine:
BYC Medical Quarantine Article
Poultry Biosecurity
BYC 'medical quarantine' search

Read up on integration..... BYC advanced search>titles only>integration
This is good place to start reading:
https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/adding-to-your-flock
 

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