Intro flock to new coop which includes new flock

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Crs1, Oct 21, 2014.

  1. Crs1

    Crs1 Songster

    May 13, 2014
    Kansas City, MO
    I have 3 hens I have had since March and 6 pullets I have had since beginning of September. The first of November I am going to move the 3 to a coop that has electricity. The 6 have been in that coop since I got them. My question is which group is new to the flock? I am assuming it is the 6. But the 3 will be new to the coop. How would I handle this?
  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Have they free ranged together?

    IMO the ones who 'rule the roost' are the ones who got there first(the 6 that have been in the new coop).

    Integration techniques are many, do some research and pick one that fits your situation and management technique the best.

    Here's some notes I've taken on integration that I found to be very helpful.
    See if any of them, or the links provided, might offer some tips that will assist you in your situation:

    Integration of new chickens to flock.

    Consider medical quarantine:
    BYC Medical Quarantine Article
    Poultry Biosecurity
    BYC 'medical quarantine' search

    Confine new birds within sight but physically segregated from older/existing birds for several weeks, so they can see and get used to each other but not physically interact. Integrating new birds of equal size works best.

    For smaller chicks I used a large wire dog crate right in the coop for the smallers. I removed the crate door and put up a piece of wire fencing over the opening and bent up one corner just enough for the smallers to fit thru but the biggers could not. Feed and water inside the crate for the smallers. Make sure the smallers know how to get in and out of the crate opening before exposing them to the olders. this worked out great for me, by the time the crate was too small for the them to roost in there(about 3 weeks), they had pretty much integrated themselves to the olders.

    If you have too many smallers to fit in a crate you can partition off part of the coop with a wire wall and make the same openings for smallers escape.

    The more space, the better. Birds will peck to establish dominance, the pecked bird needs space to get away. As long as there's no blood drawn and/or new bird is not trapped/pinned down, let them work it out. Every time you interfere or remove new birds, they'll have to start the pecking order thing all over again.

    Multiple feed/water stations. Dominance issues are most often carried out over sustenance, more stations lessens the frequency of that issue.

    Places for the new birds to hide out of line of sight and/or up and away from any bully birds.

    Read up on integration..... BYC advanced search>titles only>integration
    This is good place to start reading:
  3. the43k

    the43k Chirping

    Feb 21, 2013
    Princeton, New Jersey
  4. the43k

    the43k Chirping

    Feb 21, 2013
    Princeton, New Jersey
    did you try this?

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