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 to BYC and Chickens

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by jkchicken, Aug 7, 2014.

  1. jkchicken

    jkchicken New Egg

    1
    0
    9
    Aug 7, 2014
    We are new this year to chickens and are learning very quickly to heed advice from other members here on BYC. We started with 8 chickens(3 roos 2 hens and 3 pullets, one was supposed to be a brooder, but turned out to be a chick of one of the older hens) thanks to our neighbors dogs and an owl we are down to 1 rooster and 2 hens that started laying a week ago. the other 2 roos went to another farm that could accommodate them. We have made several changes to secure our chickens and are now looking to restore our flock. Our chickens are Americaunas (sp) and are looking to incorporate Rhode Island Reds and Buff Orphingtons into the mix. Our Rooster is 2 yrs old, His hens were born January and late February this year and the new pullets are 13-14 weeks old. Question is what precautions and preparations should we take to ensure a safe introduction other than quarantining the new birds. Thanks in advance Jay and Kim.
     
  2. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    28,340
    4,209
    516
    Apr 23, 2014
    At our lodge
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Sorry for your loss!

    The best way to introduce is the "see but don't touch" method. This is where you place a barrier in between the two groups so they are around each other but can't fight each other. Do this for as long as possible. (Two weeks at the least.) Then mix them slowly. Be sure to provide extra waterers, feeders and hide aways.

    Best of luck!
     
  3. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    36,684
    4,692
    566
    Feb 18, 2011
    Ohio
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! X2 what Mountain Peeps said, It is best to have a long period of the two flocks being able to see each other but no touching, through wire seem to work best, ie dividing the coop into two sections or keeping the new/younger ones in a cage inside the coup for a couple of weeks to a month at least. The chickens will get to know each other and sort of work out a pecking order before actually coming in contact with each other. After a week or two, letting them free range together is a good idea and should help... It will take a couple of weeks to get the pecking order sorted out. There is a nice article in the Learning Center on integrating flocks you might like to check out, the part about actually combining them is after the quarantine section https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/adding-to-your-flock
     
    1 person likes this.
  4. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

    31,919
    4,432
    581
    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    X3 on the see but can't touch method for several weeks. When you do mix them together, put out more feeding and watering stations as the original flock will guard these and new birds can starve to death not being able to eat or drink.

    Good luck and welcome to our flock!
     
  5. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

    25,582
    2,139
    438
    May 14, 2014
    Montana
    Welcome to BYC! Glad you decided to join our flock. You been given some good advice and a good link by Kelsie2290. Please feel free to ask any other questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck with your flock.
     
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    80,918
    8,002
    746
    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    You have already received excellent advice from the earlier responders, so I will just say

    [​IMG]
     
    1 person likes this.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by