I Need Some Advice...

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Clucky Cluckers, Jan 27, 2009.

  1. Clucky Cluckers

    Clucky Cluckers New Egg

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    I'm thinking about getting some new hens... How could i introduce the new hens to my flock with-out them getting into fights????? I'm new to this so i don't know much.....[​IMG]
     
  2. eggzettera

    eggzettera Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is standard advise to keep them quarantined for 1 month - they should not share food, water, air, totally separate. Then put them where they can see each other but not get to each other for at least a week or two. Then they will be used to seeing each other - if they are all the same size @ this point you can integrate (try to have some hiding areas for anyone who might get too picked on). They will have to sort out their pecking order but this should go rather quickly.
    HTH
    Nadine

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    Last edited: Jan 27, 2009
  3. ScoobyRoo

    ScoobyRoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 21, 2008
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    I've heard that when the time comes to introduce, do it late evening just before roosting.
     
  4. freddy22

    freddy22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree with both of these, although i usually just put them all together at the same time and let them duel it out....you can call me mean if you like but after a day or two, everyone is mixed and getting along. The new ones may get a peck from time to time, but thats how chickens act 24/7. Your call...
     
  5. Chicken Boo

    Chicken Boo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have only added new birds once. After the quarantine, I made a pen with bird netting in the are where the rest free ranges. I put the new girls in it on a Friday evening for a couple of hours. There was some aggression through the net but no one could get to the other. I did it again for a couple of hours the next morning and then let the new girls out. At the same time, I put out several handfuls of scratch to distract them. The squabbling after that was minor. Here is a picture of the worse thing that happened.

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  6. eggzettera

    eggzettera Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:I actually did the same thing this spring, if you notice how I worded my post
    It is standard advise

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  7. Attack Chicken

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    Sep 25, 2008
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    Great shot Chicken Boo!
     
  8. snugglepup

    snugglepup Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow! Cool photo!! Kung fu chicken!
     

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