Introducing new hens

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by sweet_peeps, Jan 5, 2009.

  1. sweet_peeps

    sweet_peeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello all,
    I've been gone for quite a few months but still enjoying my girls.
    In fact:
    I have (7)- 9 month old Barred Rock hens and I just got (2)- 4 1/2-5 month old Buff Orpington hens last Thurs.

    I had kept the new hens in a large dog crate in the hen house until yesterday when I let all the girls out in the yard together.
    Only once did I see my largest Barred Rock peck once at one and that was because the stupid teenage hen ran at her.

    I put them back in the crate last night.

    Today, a couple of the older hens are dust bathing with the new ones which is so sweet.

    Should I keep putting them in the crate at night or do you think 4 days is long enough to let the new ones mingle with the older girls on the roost?
     
  2. davidb

    davidb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thats long enough,once they are together they have to establish the pecking order or top hen once thats done they will get along just fine
     
  3. sweet_peeps

    sweet_peeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank-You!
    I'll be glad to get that dog crate out of there and just let them all together.

    I'm so happy they all seem to get along so well.
    Maybe that's from having 2 docile breeds.

    On second thought, maybe i'll keep the crate in there 1 more night with the door open and see who goes where.
     
    Last edited: Jan 5, 2009

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