Introducing 4 new hens

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by vtara16, Jan 9, 2011.

  1. vtara16

    vtara16 Out Of The Brooder

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    A friend of mine just gave me four hens, Three of which i raised for the first four months of their Lives. I brought them home tonight and put them into the coop with three of my hens. I am unsure if is was the right thing to do. Has anyone else done this? There was some pecking, but none that was unbearable. Will they hurt or kill eachither over night?
     
  2. bufforpingtons13

    bufforpingtons13 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have mixed some like this and they were fine.[​IMG]
     
  3. midget_farms

    midget_farms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2008
    Dunlap Illinois
    Every head hen is different, but you will probably be OK.

    The best method I've found it to add the hens after everyone is asleep. usually around 10pm or so - just before I go to bed.

    They won't fight over night because they are asleep.

    The old hens cant count. So if they wake up with more friends than they went to bed with they don't know.

    They will know the pecking order was adjusted & have to work that out, but usually its an easy transition.
     

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