1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

New flock

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by StephenRiggs, Apr 10, 2016.

  1. StephenRiggs

    StephenRiggs New Egg

    1
    0
    7
    Apr 10, 2016
    Hello, I have a flock of 5 chicken that are about 3 years old. I just picked up 10 New chicks today. I know it's difficult to introduce new birds to an older flock. But what about introducing the older birds to the New flock one at a time...Will this help integrating them easier?
     
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    80,886
    7,987
    746
    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    I don't think so, just means each hen will get a chance to peck the chicks. There is a good method for integration called "Look but don't touch." If you can find that, it should be of help .
     
  3. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

    16,482
    4,482
    481
    Mar 9, 2014
    Oregon
    My Coop
    While your approach may seem logical in theory, it will do little to ease the actual transition and will cause more disruption overall than less. Integration doesn't have to be stressful or hard on anyone involved, there are several approaches you can take but I would suggest reading the link in the signature of the member @azygous which is very similar to what I do.
     
  4. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

    16,482
    4,482
    481
    Mar 9, 2014
    Oregon
    My Coop
    Alternatively, @Blooie has some good posts on brooding in the coop/run which also helps to ease the integration as by the time the chicks are ready to move out of their brooding area they are no longer "invaders" to the rest of the flock.
     
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

    27,037
    10,171
    616
    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Here it is

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1069595/introducing-chicks-to-adults#post_16276224

    All the best
    CT
     
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

    84,499
    3,781
    646
    Jun 15, 2012
    Washington
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by