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Integrating hens???

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by BYOChickens, Dec 10, 2011.

  1. BYOChickens

    BYOChickens Out Of The Brooder

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    So my first crops of ladies are now reaching the 9 months stage and my wife thinks I need more birds.....you know the story. I have a connection to get some Cuchoo Morans that are about 4 months old. How do I mix the two groups of birds? I currently have a big coop and also a run about 200 sf. Do I need to build a second coop for the new birds or just mix them all together? If a second dwelling, I want to go as basic as possible to keep for the temporary separation. Thoughts?
     
  2. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    Put them together and put lots of obstacles for the youngsters to hide or get away from the older ones. Put several feeders and waterers out. I hope that works well for you too.
     
  3. BYOChickens

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    So you think I can bring them home and go right into the run and coop without building a second coop? That would be great if I don't have to build another house!
     
  4. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    You could. But they should be quarantined for a month.
     
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    Quarantined from what? If I were to raise chicks from birth would I have to do this as well? How to do this? Thanks
     
  6. confusedbanti

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    We had 6 Bantam hens , so last year we decided to get 4 more. We took them home and just let them out in the Run. Oh boy !! BIG mistake ! Everyone attacked the new hens even Charlie the Rooster . It was all out war !! Pulling their feathers , holding them down, I mean war! We had to put a temporary small coop inside the Run and divide the Run with Chicken wire. We left it like that for about 2 weeks so everyone could 'sniff' and check each other out. But even after 2 weeks when we removed the fence they still went after the new Hens. Not as bad . It took about 4 weeks for everyone to settle down.
     

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