Introduce as big group or smaller groups?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by maddogdodge, Sep 13, 2014.

  1. maddogdodge

    maddogdodge Songster

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    I have a flock of 10 hens and 1 rooster of various ages (ranging from 2 years to 18 weeks) of various breeds and sizes. I have also just acquired a separate group of 15 production layer hens (ISA Browns). They are ex stock from a chicken farm, in their second season of laying.

    After keeping them in quarantine for a while, I am wondering what would be best. To introduce 4-5 of them at one time every day or two? Or introduce the whole bunch at once? I'm really not sure what to do, I can see pros and cons in both ways.

    Anyone got experience/advice for me? It would be much appreciated [​IMG]

    PS: I always do introductions at night so that they wake up together, so whether I introduce a big group in or smaller groups in, I'd be doing it at night.
     
  2. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Songster

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    I vote all at once. The numbers do favor the new comers, but the present flock has home court advantage. Plus you only have to do it once.
     
  3. Mrs. K

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    I agree with above post, when you introduce, the more the better. Hope you have enough room, that is a lot more chickens, it will more than double your flock.

    If they don't settle down within a few weeks, you might reduce your numbers a bit. Over crowding does cause a lot of bad habits, and with winter coming on, they stay closer together for more hours of the 24 hour day.

    Mrs K
     
  4. maddogdodge

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    Thanks for your responses [​IMG] I'll do it all at once, will be an interesting morning when they wake up together haha!

    I've got plenty of space for them. I live on 30 acres and have a big yard built for them with various areas for perching, nesting and food + water.

    Also, I'm in Australia, so we've just started Spring and are heading into summer soon, so they're all spending lots of time outside in the sunshine at the moment [​IMG]
     

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