How to get new chickens acclimated to eachother

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by christian17, Nov 9, 2014.

  1. christian17

    christian17 New Egg

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    I have had five chickens for about seven months and I just got a new one about two days ago, I need them to be acclimated to the rest but it hides in the coop while the others roam outside and when I put them all together the new one gets pecked a few times and then runs back inside. Have any tips or ideas I need some help.
     
  2. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome to BYC! Glad you decided to join our flock. New chickens have to be introduced to an existing flock slowly and carefully or they will get hammered. There's an excellent article explaining how to introduce new chickens to an existing flock at http://poultrykeeper.com/general-chickens/introducing-new-chickens. Please feel free to ask any other questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck with your new chicken.
     
  3. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    Hi :welcome

    Glad you joined the flock. Great advice from Michael OShay slowly and carefully. I like the look but don't touch method. Where all chickens can see each other but can't get to each other and cause any injury. This may take a few weeks untill all chickens are together and when they are all together at first supervision is required just incase you have to intervene.
    Extra feed and water stations are also a good idea then no one can be bullied out of eating and drinking.

    Wishing you the very best of luck with your flock and enjoy BYC :frow
     
  4. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member

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    You already have the advice, just want to welcome you.

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  5. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Michael and Yorkshire Coop X2 You need to separate out the new birds for several weeks. Keep them in a cage or fenced off area within the flock during this time. Everybody sees but nobody touches. Keep them this way for about 3 to 4 weeks. Then you can mix them in. Keep an eye on them that first week and always intervene if it turns bloody. Put out extra water and feed stations too as the original flock will tend to guard these areas and can starve out the new birds. It takes a while to get everybody integrated into a flock. I added some chicks this past spring and they are just now acting civil. LOL.

    Good luck and welcome to our flock!
     
  6. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    The above posters have given you good advice.
     
  7. christian17

    christian17 New Egg

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    Thanks I'll try it
     
  8. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
     
  9. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC![​IMG] We're glad to have you.
     
  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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