introducing pullets

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by chickenjimmy, Jul 31, 2013.

  1. chickenjimmy

    chickenjimmy Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm new to chickens and have had 2 for a few weeks now, I also have a shipment of 15 buff Orpington chicks coming Friday, do you think introducing the 15 orpingtons will be a problem (I thought no because I figured there wouldn't be much of a pecking order with just two chickens)
     
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    The chicks will need to stay inside in a brooder for the first 6-odd weeks and after that you can move them outside, but don't put them with the older hens yet. First put them in a separate area where they can see each other and let the hens get used to the chicks for a few weeks before letting them mingle. It is usually recommended that chicks be introduced when they are around the the same size as the existing flock. Even if you only have 2 hens there is still a risk that they may injure or kill the chicks. By letting them get to know each other first you will will ensure that the later proper introduction will go much smoother and this applies any number of birds.
     
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  4. chickenjimmy

    chickenjimmy Out Of The Brooder

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    One of my chickens is a rooster they aren't both hens (does this matter)
     

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