How to add older hens to newer ones? Just got some who are 1 yr old

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by jerseygirl1, Sep 19, 2009.

  1. jerseygirl1

    jerseygirl1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, I have 12 sixteen week hens, none are laying yet - no rooster - and I am adding some 1+ year old hens, maybe four, to the flock that I got frmo a friend - do the same rules apply as if it were reversed? Keep separate or they will harm the older ones?
    I know, this is reverse from normal, but she offered some laying hens.... [​IMG]
    Thanks
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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  3. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    I highly recommend quarantining the new hens for 4-6 weeks, far away from your current flock. Look up biosecurity for more info. By that time, the younger pullets will be about the same size as the new hens and you can begin gradual introductions.

    I usually put them in pens next to each other for several weeks and then turn them all out to free range. Minimal fighting that way, just a few pecking order squabbles.

    Good luck! [​IMG]
     
  4. jerseygirl1

    jerseygirl1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Many thanks - the advice is greatly appreciated, as always !!! [​IMG]
     

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