New chickens

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by dacier27, Mar 24, 2016.

  1. dacier27

    dacier27 New Egg

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    Hello!

    This past weekend I purchased four 18 week old hens (Red Sex Links). I already have two older hens who are in their own coop and used to me, therefore when I let them roam they let me either pick them up or herd them right back into the coop. However I'm looking for tips/advice on letting the newer hens out of the coop, they are not in a fenced in area but there's lots of land.
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    You will need to keep them penned for a week or two to get bonded to the coop. You may have troubles just adding hens of that age to your established hens. You may need to pen them separately but within sight of the older ones for a while before trying to combine them.
     

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