Introducing A New Chicken !!FAST!!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Helenambm10, Dec 14, 2018.

  1. Helenambm10

    Helenambm10 In the Brooder

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    I'm getting new chickens soon and want to add them to my new flock except I don't have a separate pen to put them until their all nice and cozy. All I have is a cage with plenty of room for both hens, food, and water. I can't keep them in that cage until they get all buddy-buddy, I need a solution. I don't wanna rush it or be a terrible owner but I don't know what to do.
     
  2. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Crowing

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    how many birds do you have now? What are their ages? How much space is your set up, measurements.

    Do you have hide outs in the run and coop, places where birds can get out of sight of other birds, but not get trapped.

    Without a doubt, sometimes this can be very tough, a single bird is the hardest integrations, but a lot will depend on your answers.

    Mrs K
     
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  3. Helenambm10

    Helenambm10 In the Brooder

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    Ok so to answer your questions. I currently have 7 hens, I’m trying to introduce 2-3. My hens are 22 weeks, the new hens are 20 weeks. My run is 14ft by 20ft. My coop is elevated so they could hid under there along with little tunnels and caves and such placed around the run.
     
  4. ChocolateMouse

    ChocolateMouse Crowing

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    So what you can do is put the hens in the cage in the pen for a full day and then place them on the roost bar at night. This is the short short version of integration and I've done it but it's insufficient for a smooth transition. Your pen is small so you may have to catch them and throw them into their cage during the day to keep them safe if they're having too much trouble. I didn't have to do this cause I have 800sqft in my pen.

    If you can free range them together for a few days it could seriously help. Just put them on the roost bar every night and they'll all catch on fast. The real trick is that if things start getting bloody you need to get them separate (see-but-not-touch) again. So you either need the cage or to supervise a LOT.
     
  5. rosemarythyme

    rosemarythyme Crowing

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    You could try getting some chicken wire and partitioning off a section of the run, at least during the day, and do that for a few days before having them mingle? Having obstacles available does help - make sure that none of them form a dead end. Do you have multiple feeders? Food is probably one of the top things they'll fight over.
     
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  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    How big is the coop itself?
    How long are the roosts?
    Pics would help.

    'Fast' integration can go well....or not.
    Best of cLuck!
     
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    Cragg Klefor Crowing

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    Good luck, I hope it goes well. Risky without quarantine .. fingers crossed for you.
     
  8. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Crowing

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    2-3 is way better than one. Do it when you can be home. Another trick is to let the original birds out into the yard, and lock them out of the coop/run set up with the newbies inside the set up. This allows the newbies to explore and figure out the set up at their own pace, without being chased for their lives. Just before dark, let the old girls back in just before dark, the urge to roost will be mostly stronger than the urge to fight, kind of sort of.

    The new birds, after being in there most of the day, will naturally go into the coop, and sometime they will wake up together and be fine. If not, if they could spend the day roaming the yard, this time with the coop/run open to everyone, you just might be fine.

    There is a chance this won't work at all, and a lot does depend on available space, the smaller the space, the worst it will go. Adding platforms and roosts in the run, along with hide outs, allows birds to use more of the vertical space which with hideouts can really help.

    Wishing they will all just be nice won't work at all.

    Mrs K

    Actually, 280 square feet, should really help. This is going to sound crazy, but I have also gone in and "rearranged the furniture" when adding new birds. Kind of confusing to all. Seemed to help. They are basically the same size and same age, this might go pretty good.
     
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