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How to incorporate two existing flocks?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by afre13, Mar 7, 2015.

  1. afre13

    afre13 In the Brooder

    Mar 9, 2013
    So a little background.

    My sister in law had had a chicken tractor with 5 production red egg layers. One has to be separated because it was bullied so severely. These chickens are one year old and fully matured. She could no longer care for them so she gave them to me.

    I just recently bought 10 chicks from co op and they're in a brooder right now. They will have their pecking order established by the time they get large.

    I plan on using a very large shed as a new coop for both flocks. Both will be in a totally new environment. I was wondering how I should go about introducing them to each other since both don't have a claim to the coop yet.

    Thank you for your advice!
  2. BonRae67

    BonRae67 Songster

    Dec 23, 2014
    You can introduce them when the chicks get to be about the same size as the older hens. I would move both flocks into the new coop the same time at night. Both flocks will be more curious about the new surroundings than each other. Extra food and water stations at first until they get established together then you can remove some.

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