Introducing pullets and cockerels to adults

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by wwarren8200, Nov 16, 2014.

  1. wwarren8200

    wwarren8200 Chirping

    Feb 2, 2014
    I have 6 cockerels 10 pullets that are 8 weeks old and need to be moved in with my adult birds. What all should I know or do before I move them
  2. TaraBellaBirds

    TaraBellaBirds Songster

    Jul 13, 2013
    SW Kansas
    How many adults do you have?

    It is better to introduce in large numbers as you are doing. The new birds will be to overwhelming for the others to single out.
    Be sure that the little ones have places that they can hide that the larger ones can't get to them.
    Multiple feeders and waters also help to make sure that the newbies have access.
    I like to introduce at night and feed super early that morning. This gives the new ones
    Are you planning on keeping all 6 cockerals as perminate additions to your flock?
    Last edited: Nov 16, 2014
  3. wwarren8200

    wwarren8200 Chirping

    Feb 2, 2014
    No. I'm looking for homes for the cockerels. We have 16 chicks 6 adults
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Here's some notes I've taken on integration that I found to be very helpful.
    See if any of them, or the links provided, might offer some tips that will assist you in your situation:

    Integration of new chickens to flock.

    Consider medical quarantine:
    BYC Medical Quarantine Article
    Poultry Biosecurity
    BYC 'medical quarantine' search

    Confine new birds within sight but physically segregated from older/existing birds for several weeks, so they can see and get used to each other but not physically interact. Integrating new birds of equal size works best.

    For smaller chicks I used a large wire dog crate right in the coop for the smallers. I removed the crate door and put up a piece of wire fencing over the opening and bent up one corner just enough for the smallers to fit thru but the biggers could not. Feed and water inside the crate for the smallers. Make sure the smallers know how to get in and out of the crate opening before exposing them to the olders. this worked out great for me, by the time the crate was too small for the them to roost in there(about 3 weeks), they had pretty much integrated themselves to the olders.

    If you have too many smallers to fit in a crate you can partition off part of the coop with a wire wall and make the same openings for smallers escape.

    The more space, the better. Birds will peck to establish dominance, the pecked bird needs space to get away. As long as there's no blood drawn and/or new bird is not trapped/pinned down, let them work it out. Every time you interfere or remove new birds, they'll have to start the pecking order thing all over again.

    Multiple feed/water stations. Dominance issues are most often carried out over sustenance, more stations lessens the frequency of that issue.

    Places for the new birds to hide out of line of sight and/or up and away from any bully birds.

    Read up on integration..... BYC advanced search>titles only>integration
    This is good place to start reading:
  5. wwarren8200

    wwarren8200 Chirping

    Feb 2, 2014
    Thanks a ton! [​IMG]

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