1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

Introducing flicks to one another

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by blarneymom, Mar 15, 2016.

  1. blarneymom

    blarneymom New Egg

    May 16, 2014
    We would like to mix our flock of golden comets(2yrs.old) with the newer flock of Rhode Island reds (one yr.old) there are about 40 hens total. We have plenty of space in the coop. We need to make room for a new flock of chicks. Thanks.
  2. TheTwoRoos

    TheTwoRoos Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 25, 2015
    Golden comets are jus Red sexlinks.And both breeds can be aggressive.So you can just try tossing them in there,let them deal it out he natural way.
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    ONLY if you want blood shed. The best way is the "look but don't touch method," if you put that in the searchbox it will pop up. There will still be pecking order to be re established and depending on how feisty the alphas are - that will be bad enough.
    1 person likes this.
  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Water Under the Bridge Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC!
  5. CTKen

    CTKen Monkey business Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC. I agree with DD - a member by the name of @aart has written some very good articles on integrating flocks.

    Joining your state thread will put you in contact with other BYC members in your area, which can be very helpful.


    The members here are amazing - very friendly and helpful, so if you need an answer to a question or simply want some reassurance that what you are doing is ok, then post away - we all help each other out here at BYC.

    All the best
  6. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

    Dec 12, 2013

    First you need to isolate the new birds away from your existing flock to prevent any illness or pests from affecting your current flock. Then x2 on drumstick diva's advice...throwing them all together at once without a chance to adjust will cause problems.

    Please read up on integration, you'll be saving yourself a lot of problems.

    P.S. Two of the sweetest-tempered chickens I have are a red sex link and a RIR. Not every bird within a particular breed will exactly match those general characteristics.
  7. blarneymom

    blarneymom New Egg

    May 16, 2014
    Thank you all very much! We love our"ladies"and don't want to disrupt their lives to make ours easier. ..so we will build another coop just to be safe.
  8. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
    [​IMG] you can build a wire fence splitting your run/coop in half also, but may be easier just to build a new coop/run. Good luck to you.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by