How to intergrate chickens?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by MuskokaChick, Jun 28, 2011.

  1. MuskokaChick

    MuskokaChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 11 Red Stars (26 weeks old)

    I have a coop that is 10x16

    The red stars are in a section that is 10x6 with 5 nests (they tend to use 2 nest and a spot under one of the nests, so 3 of them are not being used.

    The silkies are in another pen in the coop 4x7.

    Now here is the question

    I have 13 more red stars coming next Wednesday (15 weeks old)

    I am not sure what to do.

    make a whole new space for them (perches, feeder and waterer)?
    make a new space, yet make a door to the part where the food, water and nests are?
    just open up their space and put them all in together?

    I have a week to figure this out *sigh*
     
  2. What I would do is make a temporary spot for the younger batch where they can see and talk to the old ones, but not be terrorized. After a week, or when they all seem to get along, you can remove the barrier and they should adjust pretty well. Make sure they have food and water in their little spot . . . there will always be some pecking, but really it won't be bad if you give them that get to know you time . . . . plus it helps them to feel more comfy in their new home anyway.
     
  3. MuskokaChick

    MuskokaChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ok great...that was my gut feeling, but wasn't sure if I was being too cautious or not enough...

    My 11 birds get along wonderfully and I am really not wanting to upset the order to much

    So I will create the new space, with their own water and food...then after a while I will open it up, as the nest boxes are all in the other section...

    not sure if I should make more nests...but I built some nice nest and out of 5 only 2 are being used...
     

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