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Introducing new flock members

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Dayton, May 7, 2017.

  1. Dayton

    Dayton Just Hatched

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    Hi, I have 7 three month old hens and a was wondering when I should mix them in with my 4 hens that are 8 months old. Also how do I do it so there is the least amount of fighting?
     
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to BYC - thanks for joining us.


    I'd suggest taking a look at the following links, then picking the approaches that you feel most comfortable with - mixing and matching from the links is perfectly fine.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/introducing-new-chickens-using-the-see-but-don-t-touch-method

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1126547/topic-of-the-week-integrating-chicks-into-an-adult-flock

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1069595/introducing-chicks-to-adults#post_16276224

    Best wishes

    CT
     
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    The "see but don't method.," is the kindest, gentlest type of integration. Welcome to BYC
     
  4. Dayton

    Dayton Just Hatched

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    Thanks so much this helped
     
  5. Tlmcq

    Tlmcq Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    Hey question for y'all. I have just integrated 2 silkies to my group of young flock members. I watched them for about an hour and there are no scrabbles or pecking. Do you think it's OK to leave them alone? They are sticking off to themselves but that's all. All are under 10 weeks and getting ready to go into big coop but wanted to integrate all the lil ones first.
     

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