Introducing younger chickens

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Heatherschicks1, Dec 17, 2014.

  1. Heatherschicks1

    Heatherschicks1 Chirping

    Nov 18, 2014
    I have a flock of one rooster and 15 hens. After 1 unsuccessful hatch and 3 small hatches I have 7 new chicks with about a week apart between each hatch and the first hatch was in November and the last was dec 1st 2014. When and how would anyone suggest I introduce them to my other girls and also I may have one or 2 baby Roos as well which with the amount of girls I would want at least one but I know my rooster was picked on that's why I rescued him and his tail feathers just started coming back in. What would anyone suggest. And some of my hens had been picked on when I had taken them in. I want to make the transition as easy as possible. They are in the house now was thinking maybe building a brooder box with chicken wire and placing it in the coop till they are big enough? Thinking if then hens see them for a while first when they are bigger the transition would work out better?? Any advice?
  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Are all the chicks living together and getting along ......or do they need to be integrated also?

    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:

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