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Locking New Chickens in Coop Management

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by catcrazy37, Feb 14, 2016.

  1. catcrazy37

    catcrazy37 Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 4, 2014
    I've read that you have to lock new chickens in the coop for a few weeks before letting them out. What about the chickens already in there? Are they locked in as well? How do you manage this?
  2. rachelpotter

    rachelpotter Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 5, 2013
    Usually just a few days works for me.
  3. catcrazy37

    catcrazy37 Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 4, 2014
    Firstly, that was the fastest response I've ever gotten. Secondly, I may have used the wrong unit of time.
    Do you lock all your other chickens in as well?
  4. CTKen

    CTKen Monkey business Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Usually i put new flock members in the coop for just two nights - after that i have never had a problem with them not knowing where to go at dusk. No need to keep the other chickens in lock down.

    Good luck

  5. junebuggena

    junebuggena Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 17, 2015
    Long Beach, WA
    If your run is secure, then you only really need to worry about keeping them confined to the run. No free-ranging for the first week at least.
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    What are your plans for integrating the new chickens with the existing chickens?

    That usually entails confining the new birds separated side by side with wire from the existing birds, by then the new birds are 'homed' to the enclosure.....
    ...and that's after medical/biological quarantine, if you're going to do that.

    Are these new birds chicks ....or full grown birds?

    Consider medical quarantine:
    BYC Medical Quarantine Article
    Poultry Biosecurity
    BYC 'medical quarantine' search

    Read up on integration..... BYC advanced search>titles only>integration
    This is good place to start reading:
    Last edited: Feb 15, 2016
  7. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Overrun With Chickens

    Nov 12, 2009
    western South Dakota
    I have heard that too, but I don't ever lock my birds in the coop. I do keep them in the coop/run with the other birds for a couple of days. When ever I have added birds, they figure out where the coop is on their own. It just has not been a problem.

    I agree, with AArt - the problem can be the other birds, and you need to give everyone an escape.

    Mrs K
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  8. catcrazy37

    catcrazy37 Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 4, 2014
    Okay, keeping them in the coop and run for a few nights makes sense. And yes, I am planning to do the medical quarantine, and then pen where the two groups of birds (old and new) can see each other but not touch each other, and then monitored integraton.

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