intro'ed new chickens today

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by TeaChick, Oct 7, 2013.

  1. TeaChick

    TeaChick Overrun With Chickens

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    Ok, admittedly, this is a little late. Everyone is sleeping happily ON TOP of the coop together. I want them to lay inside the coop, the hens I already had were laying in there, but there were no eggs today. Only about 5 of my 7 have started laying.
    Should I be worried about my "established" hens beginning to lay in the woods?
    How do you suggest I avoid that?
    What about integrating the new birds?
     
  2. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you free range there is always the problem of them deciding to lay in out the bush. You just have to accept the fact that you may have to retrain them to lay in the coop from time to time. It helps if you have a run to hold them to the coop during those times. You said they were all sleeping on the coop together did you mean the new ones too?
     
  3. TeaChick

    TeaChick Overrun With Chickens

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    I figured someone would say that. That backs up what dh wants to do, which is to fence in a corner of the yard as a run for them (a large corner). I want to get them all in the coop (I bought a net today) and then keep them there for a week (I think that should be long enough to get them in the habit of laying in there). I'm having the kids find all the eggs in the woods, under the porch and shed, etc. Hopefully, that will eliminate the incentive to lay elsewhere and establish the habit of laying in the coop.
    I will take your advice and coop them up sometimes, just to reinforce the habit. I guess I'll have the kids hunt eggs at those times too.

    Yes, all of them were sleeping together (not sleeping together, but sleeping together). Anyway, there's a 2x4 a little above the coop; the new hens were on that and the rest of them were surrounding the older rooster like a harem. The young rooster and my frizzle were inside. They were all happy that night.

    Now, I've got to get my brood hen out of the woods. :-\
    Advice?
     
  4. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sleeping in the same coop with out a barrier sounds as if they are integrated. If you know where the broody is wait until dark and just scoop her up. Is she sitting on eggs if so how long? If she is sitting on eggs move some of the materiel of the nest with her so she has some sense the new place is good.
     
  5. TeaChick

    TeaChick Overrun With Chickens

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    yeah, they're happy together. :)
    I have been so busy and tired that I never got far enough in thinking abt getting her to think of finding her nest and then grabbing her. Thanks!
    I don't think she's sitting, but I'll get some of the nest anyway, just in case.
    Thank you, you've been a tremendous help.
     

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