New chicken owner.

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Don Andrews, Aug 21, 2014.

  1. Don Andrews

    Don Andrews In the Brooder

    Aug 18, 2014
    Hi, I am starting to raise chickens. My flock consists of 4 four-week old chicks: 2 Buff Orpingtons, 1 Rhode Island Red, 1 Plymouth Barred Rock. 3 larger chicks that have body feathers: 2 Australorps and 1 Plymouth Barred Rock.

    I am working on integrating these 7 into a slightly older group of three: a juvenile Banty Friesan Yellow Pencil rooster who is trying to crow and two young Orloffs who are not yet clucking or laying.

    Yes, I should have started with all the same age as a cohort, but these are rescue birds.

    We've been having balmy weather, so each day I put the youngsters out in a small enclosure next to the chicken coop so that the older group can scope-out the little ones and get used to them. When their sizes are more evenly matched, I'll try putting them together. I've been reading about the perils of this and various introductory techniques on

    Wish me luck!


  2. Lynx123

    Lynx123 Hatching

    Aug 21, 2014
    What do we do on this game
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Lynx I think you are looking for the role playing games. When you click on "social forum," side tabs will open to the right. Scroll down a bit to games, jokes & fun and then I guess you pick and choose which appeal to you.
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Nice to meet you Don, that is one beautiful coop. Sounds like you are very familiar with the integration of chickens bit.
  5. petrel

    petrel Chats with Chickens

    Welcome to BYC! As DD said, it sounds like you are on the right track.

    Like your coop too. Best of Luck!
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  6. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Cute little coop! You can mix in young chicks easily by keeping them in constant view of the adults. I just recently mixed in some chicks by keeping them in their own enclosure in the coop and in the run for about a 2 months until they were large enough to be mixed in. You don't want to mix them in when they are really small as they will get hurt. So about 3 or 4 months of age is a good time for chicks to be integrated. When I mixed them in, there still was some quabbling, but the chicks are fast and get out of the way of the big beaks quick. ALWAYS put out more feed and water stations for any new adults or chicks you add to a flock as the older flock is going to guard these areas and can starve them out. Make sure you have plenty of room in the coop and run so the newbies can escape the chasing. You may also need to add another roost bar til they all start getting along. It generally takes over a month for new birds to be excepted.

    Good luck and welcome to our flock!
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  7. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    Feel free to ask plenty of questions! We're all here to help. [​IMG]
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  8. kittykitty30

    kittykitty30 Chirping

    Apr 1, 2014
    Spring Creek, Nevada
    Welcome! You have a very nice flock so far. One thing you'll find: chickens are addictive! You'll start out with twelve, then buy three more, then five more, then ten more, then twenty-nine more, until you have over ninety!
    Lol, just kiddinng. Most backyard flocks max out at around sixty or seventy, depending on the area you live in.
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  9. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you. If you have any questions, feel free to ask! It sounds like you have a nice little flock.
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  10. BayBay Peepers

    BayBay Peepers Crowing

    Apr 5, 2013
    Welcome to BYC!
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