Introducing 2 laying hens

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Bill McRooster, Jun 9, 2016.

  1. Bill McRooster

    Bill McRooster New Egg

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    How should I introduce 2 laying hens (barred rocks)? My flock consists of 1 hen with her 5 two month old chicks.. [​IMG][/IMG][/IMG]
     
  2. Bill McRooster

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    Here are the hens I hoping to get
     
  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to BYC - glad to have you onboard with us.

    Here's a few links that may help guide you in developing a strategy that works for you. I should add that its good practice to quarantine the newbies before beginning integration.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1015820/reintegration-by-supervised-visits#post_15742910

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/adding-to-your-flock

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

    Best of luck


    CT
     
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Glad you joined us at BYC
     
  5. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] CTKen gave you some good links to check out. Good luck with the integration!
     
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  7. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Yes, I think they are all old enough for hens to be among them. Definitely follow the links to integrating new birds into your flock. Be aware that it can take months for new birds or even the old birds to all mix in properly and peacefully. ALWAYS add more food and water stations when adding new birds so some don't get starved out, which happens easily. Provide levels and places for birds to escape each other. Watch them all carefully for that first week and if any of them are really bully like or out of control, cage all bullies. Pinless Peepers work well on aggressive birds.

    Good luck and welcome to our flock! :)
     

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