Just integrated my chickens

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by ChickenCrazy8, Oct 8, 2012.

  1. ChickenCrazy8

    ChickenCrazy8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    First I let them free range together for a month and then yesterday I put them in the coop together for 2hr in the afternoon.

    What I have put off is finally happening: I just put my younger chicks (4) on the upper ring of the perch with the older hens (2) on the lower ring of the perch for their first night together!!!
    Is there anything I should know about after integration???
    I'm feeling super stressed out that they will hurt each other 'cause I heard that it is on the perch that they could hypothetically peck each other the most. [​IMG]
    Zoƫ
     
  2. TurtlePowerTrav

    TurtlePowerTrav T.K.'s Farm

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    Make sure you are out there before light out in the morning and watch and intervene if needed.
     
  3. ChickensRDinos

    ChickensRDinos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I always get really nervous when I have to integrate new birds. Unfortunately you have to give them time to work out their issues and they can be pretty mean to each other. Keep an eye out for blood. If you see blood then separate the injured bird until she is fully healed. Also make sure that the little ones are getting to eat (sometimes bully birds guard the food) If needed add a second temporary feeder.

    Good luck!
     
  4. ChickenCrazy8

    ChickenCrazy8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the info!!!! I have a feeder and a waterer in the coop and in the run. And I will make sure to be out there tomorrow morning.
     

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