New Chickens Merged with Older Chickens

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by BarnGoddess, Nov 8, 2008.

  1. BarnGoddess

    BarnGoddess New Egg

    Nov 8, 2008
    Anyone have any tips on merging some older 6 month old hens and rooster with older hens and rooster? I want to avoid the ouchies if I can help it. I know they will happen but I am open to suggestions if anyone has some good ones. I have had problems with roosters before so want this transition to somehow be smoother.
  2. chickenpiedpiper

    chickenpiedpiper Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 4, 2008
    New Durham NH
    We have had the best luck intoducing new birds at night. Once your flock has gone to roost and is all settled down, (new birds are quiet too) bring them in and set them on a lower perch, in as quiet a fashion as possible, they all rest together quietly thru the night, and seem to have it sorted out by morning with no real fuss! Its amazing!
    We have not tried this with two adult roosters tho, I dont know if there is a way to get two roosters introduced without some measure of squaring off! But if there is a way, I bet its the night method.

    Good Luck!
  3. Gloria

    Gloria Chillin' With My Peeps

  4. Mikeeeeeeeeee

    Mikeeeeeeeeee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 20, 2007
    Quote:I just did this last night.
    I bought two 4 month old BOs from a trustworthy lady who has a clean flock.
    I put them in the tractor last night while the banties were all snoozing.

    This morning, Jack Black ( beautiful black rose comb bantam) started his morning crow and came down from the top of the tractor ( I have a double decker tractor).
    Soon after him came Ignasio my Araucana bantam hen.
    They came the two buffs.
    It took about 30 minutes and the pecking order was established.
    Jack is still the boss.
    Ignasio is next in line.
    The two buffs are doing just fine, and seem to be very happy in their new digs..

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