Introducing new chickens to my flock

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by chickenman111, Feb 22, 2014.

  1. chickenman111

    chickenman111 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have 8 chickens (7 hens, 1 rooster) and tonight I put in 6 new chickens (5 hens, 1 more rooster). The new rooster is a little bigger than my original rooster, will this cause more trouble? I'm open to any advice, I put them in at dusk and it all went pretty well, their roosting now, should that keep the fighting down?
     
  2. Impress

    Impress Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would make it a point to be there when they wake up and monitor. I usually introduce new birds slowly, with fencing between them so they can get to know each other. You are running a risk of a bloody mess of a rooster battle.
     
  3. chickenman111

    chickenman111 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'm getting up at dawn, I know for a fact that both roosters are fairly docile, fingers crossed
     
  4. ChickenLegs13

    ChickenLegs13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Me, I just throw the new chickens in with the old and call it a done deal. A few of the hens will flog & squawk each other briefly, sometimes it's a 20 chicken free for all brawl but usually in about an hour they're all acting like they've been best buddys all their life. The bigger the pen they have, the smoother it goes.
    Roosters, on the other hand, may fight briefly or they may make a bloody mess out of each other like Impress said. They may fight for an hour, all day, or not at all, just depends on their personality. Worst case, you may have to make the decision to keep only 1 rooster.
     
  5. chickenman111

    chickenman111 Chillin' With My Peeps

    roosters have a little blood on their combs from earlier, but the fighting has settled down.
     

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