Introducing new chickens

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by peacockgurl, Apr 10, 2009.

  1. peacockgurl

    peacockgurl Out Of The Brooder

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    I have two polish hens, they are probably 1 - 2 years old and we have had them since January. We are getting some younger ones from a neighbor today, including some day old chicks and some older (couple weeks maybe) ones. I am planning on keeping the chicks inside for a while, but how should I introduce the older ones to my polish hens? Can they just go straight into the coop or do I have to introduce them slowly?
     
  2. vortec

    vortec Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How much younger are the older ones?

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  3. peacockgurl

    peacockgurl Out Of The Brooder

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    Well I'm not quite sure because I am not sure how old my polish hens are, I got them when they were full grown. I think my Polish are 1 -2 years old and the new ones are a couple of weeks maybe a month old.
     
  4. vortec

    vortec Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ooh! Thats tough. You might need to let them grow a little away from the older ones, because I believe I read somewhere that blending chicks with chicks is only a good idea when they are 3 weeks or less apart. If you wait another month or so and let the new ones grow they will be able to handle themselves with the big ones. Just my two cents on it, but I have never had to do this so, maybe somebody else will have some true experience. Hope this helped.

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  5. peacockgurl

    peacockgurl Out Of The Brooder

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    I will maybe test it out first, put them in there and see how the polish hens act. if they seem overtly interested in each other I will probably pull them out but if the polish just ignore the new ones maybe I can keep them in for a while and go from there.
     
  6. vortec

    vortec Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That sounds like a good strategy. You can tell how it is going just by observing from a distance. If they lay off, it just might work. But if the hens try to dominate the younger ones then you might have problems. At least the oldest ones are hens and not roos. Good luck!

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  7. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    You need to quarantine them for at least a month before you even try to introduce them to your flock, to check for diseases. Hate to be a broken record, but never skimp on quarantine time.
     

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