Introducing a new chicken

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by kudla0423, Jan 17, 2017.

  1. kudla0423

    kudla0423 Just Hatched

    Dec 24, 2016
    I have two seven week old Barred rocks (that we think are pullets) and was wondering if it's possible to add a four month old BR (hen) to the flock? That's a pretty big age/ size difference and I wasn't sure how to go about it or if it's a bad idea all together? Any advice?
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs I Wanna Be A Cowboy Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    Side by side penning, or making a separation pen inside your coop for a while with supervised interactions is the best way to go. It could take days or months depending on the temperament of your birds.
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC!

    First, a 4 month female is called a pullet, won't be a hen until 1 year old.

    Agrees with OHLD about housing them separated by wire at first.
    It's all about territoriality.....who ever was there first will defend their food/water/space.
    Lots of space is key.

    Read up on integration..... BYC advanced search>titles only>integration
    This is good place to start reading, tho some info is outdated IMO:

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