Introducing 2 new hens

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by sputnik, Sep 22, 2012.

  1. sputnik

    sputnik New Egg

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    I have a adult rooster & an adult hen I want to introduce two adult hens also, we are almost done building there new coop .What should i expect them to do? How do i go about introducing them to one another? Should i quaranteen them? I feel it will be very difficult to keep them all seperated with there food, in the coop, also in there fully enclosed run also, I'm starting to get stressed out about this! I am a new chicken owner & these guy's are my pets, not wild chickens, There very sweet towards me & each other, I just want everybody to get along. Help! [​IMG]
     
  2. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Well it won't be a tea party, I can guarantee that...lol.

    Yes, you should quarantine when you bring new birds in. Some don't and get lucky (no disease/illness is brought in), and some don't and aren't so lucky (respiratory infections are brought in...lice/mites too, although external issues are easily treatable). Just be aware that you take your chances when you don't quarantine.

    It's good that you're getting two - that'll help even the playing field. There will be squawking, chasing, fronting, pecking, etc. As long as blood isn't drawn, consider it a good day of integration. It'll help that the coop will be new to all...
     

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