introducing new adult hens

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by hillsboroughnb, Sep 11, 2014.

  1. hillsboroughnb

    hillsboroughnb Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 25, 2014
    new brunswick canada
    Hi,I couldnt find a thread about this,how do I introduce hens to other hens? They escaped and got in together and my hens attacked the new ones. They are now in same barn but seperated by wire wall. Help!
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
  3. hillsboroughnb

    hillsboroughnb Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 25, 2014
    new brunswick canada
    All the hens were from the same place,just purchased a month apart

  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Here's some notes I've taken on integration that I found to be very helpful.
    See if any of them, or the links provided, might offer some tips that will assist you in your situation:

    Integration of new chickens to flock.

    Consider medical quarantine.

    Confine new birds within sight but physically segregated from older/existing birds for several weeks, so they can see and get used to each other but not physically interact. Integrating new birds of equal size works best.

    The more space, the better. Birds will peck to establish dominance, the pecked bird needs space to get away. As long as there's no blood drawn and/or new bird is not trapped/pinned down, let them work it out. Every time you interfere or remove new birds, they'll have to start the pecking order thing all over again.

    Multiple feed/water stations. Dominance issues are most often carried out over sustenance, more stations lessens the frequency of that issue.

    Places to hide out of line of sight and/or up and away from bully birds.

    Read up on integration..... BYC advanced search>titles only>integration
    This is good place to start reading:

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