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Introducing new birds to the flock

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by FlaGardenGirl, Jun 27, 2010.

  1. FlaGardenGirl

    FlaGardenGirl Hatching

    Jun 20, 2009
    I mail ordered chicks of various breeds (all female) and received them last March. They are not laying yet, but should be within the next 6 weeks or so. I had one chick that is so small, she is less than half the size of the other one I have of the same breed. They are Silver Laced Wyandottes. I also had one chick (Delaware) that became lame. Neither of these problems were apparent when they first arrived. I have another flock one year older than these (all White Rocks). Right now they are kept separate, but when the young ones begin to lay, I plan to combine them all. Any suggestions on the best way to go about this?
  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    The two most common suggestions for integration are:

    Put them together at night, in the dark. or

    Let them see each other, but not interact for a few days first.

    Good luck & Welcome to BYC

  3. saritastar

    saritastar In the Brooder

    Apr 2, 2010
    Spokane, WA
    I'm no expert, but I have 2 set of chicks that I got about 6 weeks apart (needed to replace roosters for hopefully more hens). I've had the two tractors right next to each other for awhile... about 4 days now? Anyway, today I let them all out and the little 2 went into the bigger chicks tractor... then the bigger chicks came in. There has been a little bit of pecking of the littles, but not much. I was out there supervising for about an hour. So far, so good!

    I don't know what will happen tonight though, when the get put to bed (in the dog crate that I bring in every night [​IMG])

    Good luck!

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