Introducing Rescued Chickens

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by jeska180, May 21, 2012.

  1. jeska180

    jeska180 In the Brooder

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    This is my first summer as a chicken lover, and I'm hooked! Started out with 10 meaties now I have taken 2 laying hens. Their previous home was a 1 foot by 1 foot cage with no hand on attention at all and they were there for a whole year. My chickens have an outdoor pen and spend most of the day running loose. I got the new hens yesterday, and I have them in an outdoor rabit cage beside the others but they are not loose yet.
    Just wondering how long I should keep them seperated?
    when you think I can let them free?
    how l would catch them if they wont return to the pen!

    I hope they like it here!
     
  2. Chickerdoodle13

    Chickerdoodle13 The truth is out there...

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    Congrats on the rescue!

    It is generally recommended that birds be separated for three weeks to thirty days to rule out any illnesses. However, I am often guilty of putting birds in coops a little earlier if they seem healthy (Reasoning for 30 day quarantine is because some illnesses don't show any symptoms for a much longer time). If you did get them from the conditions you describe, you may want to keep them separated a little longer just in case. Sometimes close quarters is a breeding ground for bad things.

    When you put them in your actual coop, I would try and keep the pen closed up for at least a couple of weeks. After that, chickens are pretty good about knowing where their home is. Also, I use treats like little pieces of bread or veggie/fruit scraps to get them to go inside. Handling the new birds a lot will also help them to stay calm if you do need to catch them in the yard. While many of my guys run, a few of the others just stand still when I walk over to them.
     

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