Introducing new chickens to my old flock

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by sunshine ducky, Oct 11, 2016.

  1. sunshine ducky

    sunshine ducky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good Morning everyone! I'm having newly hatched day old chicks coming this summer and was thinking to add them to my chicken coop. The problem is my old chickens are 6 months already so by the time I get my chicks they'll be fully grown, and I've heard that some hens bully chickens that are smaller then them. But then again my flock of hens are supposed to be breeds that are broody a lot (buff orpington) (australorp). So Should I make a separate coop for my new chickens, and once they are the same size of my original hens put them in my original coop or should I introduce them right away to my hens when they go broody? thanks for reading!
     
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  2. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    Build another pen...Introduce once they are bigger...

    Best advise I can give..Even if a hen goes broody? Does not always mean she will want the Chicks...

    Cheers!
     
  3. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

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    Your best bet is to read some of the many threads and articles related to: Integration of younger birds to an existing flock. How to brood baby chicks. Outdoor brooding with Mama heating pad. Also, be sure you have plenty of room for the new birds. The oft quoted recommendation of a minimum of 4 sq.ft. in coop, 10 sq. ft. in run/bird is just that: a minimum. When integrating, or if you have a roo in the mix, you will need more room. Every flock has it's own set of dynamics, and every flock keeper has their own method of husbandry/stewardship that works for them. So, you will have to do a lot of reading and find out what works best for you. I wish you the best. It's good that you are thinking and problem solving ahead of time.
     
  4. sunshine ducky

    sunshine ducky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thank you all so much! this advice has helped a lot!
     

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