New arrivals???

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by paddyg84, Nov 5, 2013.

  1. paddyg84

    paddyg84 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Have had 4 hens for 8 months now and they are around a year old. They free range over 5 acres of farm land. I want to get three new bantams at point of lay. I would like tips on how to introduce them to the coop and the other girls.
     
  2. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The way I use is a slow introduction. A separate sleeping area partitioned off from the others in the coop. The new arrivals stay in the partitioned area for a week or more so the they can get to know and be known by the flock, through the wire. After the introduction period leave them free range with the others, while still having their own sleeping area. Have at least two feeding and water stations during the free range as there can be some bullying. The old and the new may take a while to hang together, but as long as they aren't trying to kill each other. it is normal.
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Do you plan on doing a medical quarantine?
     
  4. paddyg84

    paddyg84 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's not really something I've thought about. I will be getting vaccinated hens. Ps thanks den in penn
     

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