Introducing new chickens

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by LindaS, Feb 10, 2009.

  1. LindaS

    LindaS New Egg

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    Feb 10, 2009
    Hi
    We've got 9 chickens. They've got a big coop, which stands in an old big orchard. The orchard is fenced in but the birds still go wherever they want. We probably didn't clip the wings right.
    We've now got a second coop, a few metres away from the big one. It's smaller and will take 6 chickens comfortably. We've already arranged to get 6 young P.O.L. chicks. Is it really necessary, to fence off an area just for the new birds? The orchard is big and there is no problem for them to stay out of each others way.
    I'd be grateful for any info.

    Thanks
    Linda
     
  2. katrinag

    katrinag Chillin' With My Peeps

    you want to keep any new birds away from you flock for at least 30 days. You do not want to spread illness.
     
  3. Blue_Myst

    Blue_Myst Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2009
    Definitely keep them quarantined for a while, as the above post instructed. Once that time is up, they should coexist rather well with all that free-ranging space.
     
  4. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    How old are your current chickens and how old are the new ones?
     

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