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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Mellyplum, Jan 23, 2017.

  1. Mellyplum

    Mellyplum New Egg

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    Hi fellow chicken lovers!
    I have had my three lovely, gentle, mixed breed girls for about two months now and I love them to bits!
    My sister is moving house and can no longer keep her barred rock hen, so I am going to introduce her to my flock, along with another hen from a different breeder. I have been terribly naive about the whole introduction thing up until now, only now just realizing (after reading posts on this website) that I need to separate them. Now I'm a bit concerned about the whole process. I am going to borrow a mobile coop off a friend for the newcomers, would it be OK to put the two new girls in this together or do I need to separate them also? Would I be best to introduce one at a time, or would that just prolong the stress?
    Thanks in advance for any advice!
     
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to BYC - great that you have joined us. Here's a few links on integration (below) that may help you to devise a plan that will suit your needs and set up. In an ideal world, each new bird should be quarantined for around 1 month, and kept at least 200 yards both from each other and the existing flock (along with strict sanitary practices on your behalf). If thats not possible, then I'd suggest at least checking each bird for lice (and scaly leg mites) ensuring that they do not have any discharge from their "nostrils". If all is seems ok, then I'd put them together, before introducing them to your flock (and introduce them both at the same time).

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

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/introducing-a-single-hen-to-an-existing-flock

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/introducing-new-chickens-using-the-see-but-don-t-touch-method

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

    Best of luck

    CT
     
  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas, Mellyplum, and [​IMG]! Great to have you with us! CTKen gave you a wealth of information in those links so I'll just say best wishes and thanks for joining BYC!!
     
  4. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

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    You've already been given some good information so I'll just say hello and thanks for joining us!
     
  5. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under Mellyplum [​IMG] Welcome!

    Congratulations on your newbies and good luck with the integration; time and space are great integration tools.

    I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun. Unlike non chicken loving friends, family and colleagues, BYC’ers never tire of stories or pictures that feature our feathered and non feathered friends [​IMG]
     
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Nice to meet you Melly Plum - thanks for joining us at Backyard chickens
     
  7. NickyKnack

    NickyKnack Love is Silkie soft!

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    Welcome to BYC and the coop! There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to join the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around BYC.
     

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