Introducing new hens

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by cook_kaka_ook, Jan 15, 2010.

  1. cook_kaka_ook

    cook_kaka_ook Songster

    Oct 29, 2009
    A friend of mine gave two 20-week old ISA hens. How long will it take for them to assimilate with my 21-week old flock. They've been isolated for the first week to make sure they were free from any kind of disease. Is it safe to put them together with the flock now or should I wait another week?
  2. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

    Jun 11, 2007
  3. jerseygirl1

    jerseygirl1 Crowing

    Jun 20, 2009
    Orange County, NY
    I keep them isolated for 30 days in a dog cage within the coop, so they can see but not really interact. When they free range, I let them go out , but 30 days always worked
  4. FaereChicken

    FaereChicken Songster

    Jan 1, 2009
    N. Central Maryland
    I gave my new 3 a week in the dog pen (they slept nights with the older chickens) and an extra week for the incredible timid Delaware, and that was all they needed. (I knew they were healthy because I got them from hcammack [​IMG])
  5. jerseygirl1

    jerseygirl1 Crowing

    Jun 20, 2009
    Orange County, NY
    I should add, mine are RIR's, which can be a little nasty, so that's why I do 30 days. They tend to pick on the new ones too soon after they arrive
  6. gkeesling

    gkeesling Songster

    Nov 24, 2008
    Hagerstown, IN
    If I have more than one hen to add to the flock, I just throw any new hens I get in with the others that are already there. There is a lot of pecking and commotion for a few days, but after that, it settles down into one big happy family again. I be sure the new hens have some place to go to get away if they want. I had one just stay up on the roost for a couple days. Came down to eat and drink and went right back up there. My hens don't free range, but live in a pen that's about two times larger than 20 chickens need so there is plenty of room. I've done 4 new introductions this way and haven't had any problems.

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