integrating flocks

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by courtshep, Apr 16, 2009.

  1. courtshep

    courtshep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am hatching out some eggs and already have a 1 year old flock. I was talking to the Extension agent, and she told me under NO CIRCUMSTANCES should I mix in my new birds. WHAT!? It never occured to me (duh) that this would be a problem. Now I am panicking over having to build a second coop. Should I be this worried??? HELP
     
  2. moms_coop

    moms_coop Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm not sure why that would be a problem. I've done it for years with no problems. Sometimes you have to watch for aggression in some birds. Introduce them slowly. Maybe fence off a section for the new birds so they can get used to each other. I'm sure some others will have ideas.
    Sally
     
  3. ChikeeMomma

    ChikeeMomma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 29, 2009
    Mid Michigan
    Hi there. I have added adult birds to my flock with no problem. The first day they decide who's boss and what not. I do have some EE pullets that are 10 weeks old that in another two weeks I will totally integrate in with the adults. I have had them since they were six weeks old. They have been in the same coop but with a wire partition wall between them. Now when I am outside I have been letting the little ones free range, too. The adults do come over to see them, but don't have much of an interest.
     

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