Introducing Hens

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by clairehuxtable, Aug 16, 2014.

  1. clairehuxtable

    clairehuxtable Out Of The Brooder

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    We have four Easter Egger hens living in a coop and run in the backyard. They are about fifteen weeks old. We also have four chickens living inside that are eight weeks old. The ones living inside are two polish and two Rhode Island reds. We were wondering when it would be safe to introduce the two groups and what would be the best way to do so.
     
  2. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    I think you could probably introduce the two groups now. Once chicks get to be 8-12 weeks, they can usually defend themselves, or at least stay away well enough from older birds. I would recommend letting the two groups meets in as large a place as possible, like an outdoor pen. There will probably be some fighting/pecking, but most hen fights like this don't result in bloodshed, or last very long. The young ones may separate themselves from the older birds the best they can for a while until they feel comfortable around them.
     
  3. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Overrun With Chickens

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    While they will not just be friends right away, it will probably work if you have a good set up as in enough space and some hideouts.

    What is in your run? Set up some pallets, lean a pallet against a wall, provide some hideouts. Chickens need to be able to get out of sight, out of mind of each other. Multiple roosts inside the run, multiple levels that a chicken can get under or on top of gives more space and a bit of privacy. Makes for much happier birds. Also, multiple feeders and waterers for a couple of months.

    Mrs K
     
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  4. clairehuxtable

    clairehuxtable Out Of The Brooder

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    Our run is about twenty to twenty five feet long and six to seven feet wide. The coop is elevated so the hens like to hide under there but I have a couple pallets we can add. I'll also make sure to add more feeders and waterers. Today we will just introduce them and see how it goes but we'll bring the chick's back inside after. The Rhode Island reds are pretty big so I'm not too worried about them.
     
  5. clairehuxtable

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    We added a pallet leaning against the side of one wall. The two groups are mostly ignoring each other.
     
  6. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Overrun With Chickens

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    that is a good sign!
     
  7. ericaruth19

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    I have a question, I have been reading all the new flock intro to get more information but not really finding it. My friend is new to chickens as am I. Hers(6 star...) started laying last week mine are four weeks. When I ordered mine she wanted an EE so she took her home today. Im worried about her safety being so young. Should this be a huge concern?
     
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  8. clairehuxtable

    clairehuxtable Out Of The Brooder

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    At first one of the easter Eggers was lightly pecking at the crest of one of the Polish but I think she was just curious because she stopped and hasn't done it.
    The hens used to like hiding under the coop in the shade but now that we put the pallet out there all the older hens are under that and the babies are under the coop.
     
  9. clairehuxtable

    clairehuxtable Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you for all the advice everyone!
     

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