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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by worms7, Apr 28, 2016.
Who has got more chickens & put them together straightaway
& did they get along
Going to need more information on the birds. What ages? How many birds to each group? How much space do they have? Hens or cocks? Bantams or standards?
I've thrown birds into my pen without an introductory period in the past, sure, but I wouldn't recommend except very specific circumstances. Certainly it will always be much harder on the new birds to be simply thrown into a pen to fend for themselves. The exceptions are few and far between - for example you could add a single mature rooster to a pen of mature hens with no introductory period and they would get along fine. You could also add several young birds to a pen with only one older hen or gentle rooster without a problem. Chicks of most ages can be mixed without an introductory period at all. But if you are adding juvenile or mature birds to a mature and established flock, your best bet is going to be to do a 1-2 week long, physical separated introductory period during which they can see each other daily. (After of course a completely physically separate quarantine period of 2-6 weeks away from the flock.
Putting point of lay birds in with 2 year olds ( not bantams ) loads of space coop about 12 x 6 with 9 nest boxes free range 50 x 20 5 original birds & about 6 new
You should have a relatively easy time of introducing them. I'd recommend setting up a temporary pen alongside or within your existing run and/or coop. Doesn't have to be anything fancy, it should just act as a physical separator while allowing them to view each other daily. Given the ages and numbers of the two flocks, I'd say 5-7 days separation would be a good amount of time. After this has passed, you can remove the barriers and place the new birds in with the older ones. This should be done at night. In order to ease the transition, you might make sure the new bird's last 2-3 days of separation occurs within the coop itself, as this will help teach them where to sleep and roost at night.