Introductions???

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by robynandbatman, Sep 25, 2013.

  1. robynandbatman

    robynandbatman Out Of The Brooder

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    So I introduced three new girls to my flock of 4. Put them nearby with fencing in between for a few days with no obvious concerns, then slipped them in the coop when the girls were asleep. I've seen nor heard any fighting, but the new girls aren't leaving the coop. To be fair that is where food and water is, but since the garden has been winterized they all have free ranging right now over a large area. I can pick them up and put them outside, but they take a quick look around then dart back inside. They also are not laying. I'm assuming they are stressed. Ideas on making them happier?
     
  2. TTracy

    TTracy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe just give them a few more days? [​IMG]

    Or maybe you could move the food and water outside, during the day. That might encourage them to go out, at least to get to the food.
     
  3. robynandbatman

    robynandbatman Out Of The Brooder

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    One of the girls ventured out this morning and is happily pecking in the raspberry patch. The other two are still inside the coop.
     
  4. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    Just give them time, they'll soon venture out.
     

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