Need advice on the problems of introducing new chickens!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Chickens=Love, Sep 2, 2009.

  1. Chickens=Love

    Chickens=Love New Egg

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    Hey,
    Was hoping that everyone could pitch in and let me know the do's and dont's of introducing new chickens.
    -Young being introduced with older chickens
    - Same age chickens being introduced
    -Dominant chickens being introduced
    - Submissive chickens being introduced
    Only hen on hen introductions, not roosters.
    Your advice is greatly appreciated!
     
  2. ERnoleGuy

    ERnoleGuy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do it at night once they are ready to roost. Then make sure to let them out FIRST THING in the am. Either way, someone's gonna get a butt whoopin'. Just make sure you are there to observe very closely for a good while. I haven't had too much of a problem yet. It can be scary, but they are chickens, just chickens. They will have to establish the pecking order. I make sure that they all know that I am the alpha during all of this. When you let them range make sure to give them plenty of things to keep they occupied: scratch, fresh greens, yogurt, etc. I introduced 3 older pullets (5 mo) to my six little 9 week olds. There was some arguing at first, but they are totally fine nowl

    Do a search on here for integrating new chickens to an existing flock. You will get a lot of really good tips.
     
  3. popcornpuppy

    popcornpuppy Chillin' With My Peeps

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