How to introduce new chickens to exisitng chickens?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Angbirdie12, May 21, 2019.

  1. Angbirdie12

    Angbirdie12 Hatching

    May 21, 2019
    I purchased 6 new chickens how do you go about introducing them to your existing flock? And I have 4 baby silkie that are still with their mom how long do you keep them with her?
  2. RyderTheChicken

    RyderTheChicken Chirping

    Aug 28, 2018
    Anchorage Alaska
    You can take them from her anytime you feel like it. I introduce mine at 10 weeks or above and at night so they chicken wake up and see them and hopefully think they have always been there
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    How old are the new birds?
    Are the silkies the new birds or your only existing birds?
    What are your plans for the chicks?

    We need way more info to answer your questions.
    Knowing more about your goals for keeping chickens,
    your flock size(numbers, ages, genders),
    your coop(size in feet by feet with pics).

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  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Oh, and.....
    Integration Basics:
    It's all about territory and resources(space/food/water).
    Existing birds will almost always attack new ones to defend their resources.
    Understanding chicken behaviors is essential to integrating new birds into your flock.

    Confine new birds within sight but physically segregated from older/existing birds for several weeks, so they can see and get used to each other but not physically interact.

    In adjacent runs, spread scratch grains along the dividing mesh, best if mesh is just big enough for birds to stick their head thru, so they get used to eating together.

    The more space, the better.
    Birds will peck to establish dominance, the pecked bird needs space to get away. As long as there's no copious blood drawn and/or new bird is not trapped/pinned down and beaten unmercilessly, let them work it out. Every time you interfere or remove new birds, they'll have to start the pecking order thing all over again.

    Multiple feed/water stations. Dominance issues are most often carried out over sustenance, more stations lessens the frequency of that issue.

    Places for the new birds to hide 'out of line of sight'(but not a dead end trap) and/or up and away from any bully birds. Roosts, pallets or boards leaned up against walls or up on concrete blocks, old chairs tables, branches, logs, stumps out in the run can really help. Lots of diversion and places to 'hide' instead of bare wide open run.

    This used to be a better search, new format has reduced it's efficacy, but still:
    Read up on integration..... BYC advanced search>titles only>integration
    This is good place to start reading, BUT some info is outdated IMO:
  5. Col1948

    Col1948 Songster

    Sep 9, 2018
    Manchester UK
    Sounds like you are asking about 2 different lots to introduce, the 6 new girls plus the chicks from the Silkies.

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