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introducing new 10 week chickens

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by jeneanxo, Jun 19, 2010.

  1. jeneanxo

    jeneanxo In the Brooder

    Jun 7, 2010
    North Carolina
    hello! today we are bringing home 3 new either 10 or 14 week old chickens. we will only have one 17 week old RIR to introduce them to. she has been at the bottom of the pecking order (we are returning 2 roosters today). my question is should we just let all the chickens out to free range? or should we keep the newbies in the coop for awhile so they know where "home" is? should we keep the RIR in the coop/run with them?

  2. chickenbarn-gal

    chickenbarn-gal Songster 8 Years

    Jun 6, 2010
    Personally i'd keep the new chickens in for a little while. So they don't wander, and they know that its their home. [​IMG]
    I'd keep them in for a couple days, [​IMG]
    Hope I could help!
  3. Bookspryte

    Bookspryte Songster

    May 18, 2009
    You should quarantine the new birds for at least a month to make sure they're not bringing in any diseases to hurt your existing chickens.
  4. elmo

    elmo Songster

    May 23, 2009
    After quarantine, it helps to have a "look but don't touch" period, too. Try to set up an arrangement where the new chickens can see your remaining chicken, but not fight with her. After a few days of this, let them mix under your supervision out in the yard. Expect some pecking/ chasing until the pecking order is settled.

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