Integrating single older pullet?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by chickiemom3, Sep 6, 2016.

  1. chickiemom3

    chickiemom3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello everyone! Question for those more experienced chicken keepers out there....
    We have a flock of 10 mixed breed pullets 5 weeks old. A friend approached me and asked if we would be willing to adopt in a 10 week old rescue. They have two adult hens that won't allow it in the coop (I don't know details about the behavior). So they currently have this poor bird in a pen by herself. I am concerned, however, about how that dynamic would work given the age difference. Thoughts about this? It is the opposite of most integration issues. I would also love to hear thoughts about quarantine times and methods. Thank you for any help!
     
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    I would not imagine that the integration problems will be so great, depending on how much space you have. The new, older bird is not likely to pick on any specific youngster since there are quite a few of them. Multiple feed stations will be a good idea. - here's a link or two that may help a little

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/introducing-new-chickens-using-the-see-but-don-t-touch-method

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1098683/introducing-new-chickens-to-old-flock#post_16895615

    Quarantine should be at least 1 month.

    I'm sure other members will be along during the course of the day to help you out further.
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    I would direct your friends to this forum to learn about integration and aggressive behavioral problems rather than taking on this bird yourself. I would advise against complicating your fledgling flock keeping by taking in a 'rescue' that is someone else's problem due to poor planning and/or lack of experience and/or lack of knowledge.

    Integration is integration no matter the ages in most cases, it's more about territory than anything else, although size and/or maturity can definitely be a factor. Any existing birds are going to defend their space and resources(food/water) against new birds brought into the flock. It can be ugly and takes extra space and management to go smoothly, and even 'smoothly' can have it's bits of ugly, chickens can be vicious.


    Read up on integration..... BYC advanced search>titles only>integration
    This is good place to start reading:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/adding-to-your-flock


    Consider biological/medical quarantine:
    BYC Medical Quarantine Article
    Poultry Biosecurity
    BYC 'medical quarantine' search
     
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  4. chickiemom3

    chickiemom3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you to those who replied here. I appreciate the input!
     

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