Just bought new chickens. how long to aclimatise?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by april-peanut, Apr 24, 2009.

  1. april-peanut

    april-peanut New Egg

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    I have 4 chickens that i bought last sunday (19th april). i was wondering how long i have to keep them in their coop to get them aclimatised to their new home/environment. how many days/weeks do i keep them in their coop for, before i let them out to free range? or do i not have to wait?
     
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  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    I would keep them in there for at least 6 or 7 days and then I'd stay real close the first day you let them out.

    Do you have an enclosed run or will they be able to go anywhere?
     
  3. april-peanut

    april-peanut New Egg

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    Thanks [​IMG]
    They will be able to go everywhere in my backyard. Is that bad? Should I make an enclosed run?
     
  4. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Up here we have to worry about chicken hawks and owls... I'm not certain of the predators that lurk down under. If you think they'll be safe, you are good to go, but like I said, I'd watch them alot for the first few outings.

    I'd let them out the first time about an hour before sundown.. that way they'll want to go right back in to roost. Then the next day a couple of hours before sundown.
     
  5. april-peanut

    april-peanut New Egg

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    Thanks for all that infornamtion, I'll definitely do that tomorrow [​IMG]
     
  6. bethandjoeync

    bethandjoeync Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would say at the very least 6-7 days in the coop. but I wonder that because they will free range, will they come to you when you call them to roost? I would work with them A LOT to get them used to you, and get them to come when you call. it took us about 2 weeks when we got our girls, to get them used to us, and learn to come to us when we hollar (plus they put us calling them, and yummy treats in the same thought so that helped [​IMG] )congrats on the new girls! and good luck!
     

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