New to chicken raising

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by arlyons65, Aug 19, 2016.

  1. arlyons65

    arlyons65 New Egg

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    We bought a house that came with 6 chickens. My husband has raised chickens in the past and thinks I am making too much of a big deal about everything. We have a tiny coop with two nesting boxes. They chickens have a roost in the outside covered run space where they sleep at night. I live I. South Texas and it is very hot and humid here. The run is broken down and we are planning to replace it with a Wichita coop (or something very similar). My chickens free range when I am around but when I am at work they are in the pen. In June they were lying 4-5 eggs a day and now I am lucky if I get two from the same two chickens. I am thinking it could be the heat here. They are less than a year old. Any ideas?
    Secondly, I'd like to add some new chicks. If I buy them from the feed store how should I integrate them to group?
     
  2. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Hey, arlyons65! Glad to see you again! Just got done pm'ing you! Pleased you joined us!
     
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to BYC - thanks for joining us. Here's a few more links on integration, in addition to one Yorkshire Coop has given you.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/adding-to-your-flock

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1015820/reintegration-by-supervised-visits#post_15742910

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/adding-to-your-flock

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1126547/topic-of-the-week-integrating-chicks-into-an-adult-flock

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

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1098683/introducing-new-chickens-to-old-flock#post_16895615

    As you can see, there's more than one way to approach integration. I'd suggest reading through and then taking ideas from one or all of the links and devising a strategy that works for you.

    Its just my opinion, but you may wish to get your new coop and run sorted out before getting additional chicks.

    Best wishes
    CT
     
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  6. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] You got given some great links to check re integration! As for the egg laying, the heat can be a factor. I think like us humans, chickens don't feel productive when they are uncomfortably hot or cold. Hopefully production will pick up again when the cooler months arrive.
     
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  8. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

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    [​IMG] Looks like you need to start your research!
     
  9. Book Em Danno25

    Book Em Danno25 Overrun With Chickens

    Greetings from South Dakota, and welcome to the BYC flock! [​IMG]
     
  10. arlyons65

    arlyons65 New Egg

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    Thank you all for the info and support. I have read many of the references about integrating chickens. This site is a wealth of information.
     

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