Integrating a few new layers

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by rd200, Sep 24, 2014.

  1. rd200

    rd200 In the Brooder

    Oct 16, 2011
    I have 7 layers in the chicken tractor right now. There was 1 younger one that I tried to introduce a few months ago but they pecked the heck out of her and there was blood everywhere so I took her out. She's completely healed now but has been by herself for a while now. I'm not currently getting enough eggs so I am getting 4 more layers today. I want to add everyone together in the tractor. How ???
    I was thinking of adding the new ones to the 1 alone when I get them home, and then tomorrow putting all 5 in an enclosure right next to the tractor so they can smell/see each other and then maybe the next day adding them all in the tractor?? My thinking is, if there are 5 new ones....they won't pick on just ONE like what happened last time when I added just one.
    Does this sound like a good idea? Or how would you do it to make it an easier transition? Thanks!!
  2. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Songster

    Dec 15, 2011
    SE Pa.
    Your plan should work. I would give them a few days at the initial putting the new ones with the single and a few days of through the wire before putting them together in the tractor.
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    How much space do you have? How big(feet by feet) is the tractor and how big is the other enclosure?

    Space is key to integration because of the stress of not enough room for them to be able to get away from each other if needed.

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