Question on integration?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by SunnyCalifornia, Jul 2, 2011.

  1. SunnyCalifornia

    SunnyCalifornia Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 8, 2010
    Escondido CA
    Integrating is always hard, 'cause somebody always ends up the underdog. I was wondering, if its helpful at all to mix things up a bit at integration time, i.e. sequester the bossy hens, let the newbies mix with the the mid-low range pecking order birds, then bring back the bossy hens after a week or two?

    This time around I not only have 4-5 month olds, but also a broody with babies.

    Thoughts? My big coop is the coolest this summer, and I'd love to move my 4 teenagers in there as soon as possible.
    Last edited: Jul 2, 2011
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    It's a idea to sequester the bossy girls, but I'm not sure it would help. Somebody's gonna step up real quick and take their place.
  3. lovinlife

    lovinlife Chillin' With My Peeps

    I keep my young chickens in a pen that opens up to the main run. They're used to the location and they're used to the older flock. I only start integration when the older flock is free-ranging. I'll open the gate and allow the brave young ones to explore the main run. They rarely go out of the main run the first day or two. Once I open the adjoining gate, I usually have no problems. Eventually, I move the young ones to the roosts in the main run at night and shut the gate to the small pen. I've never had problems doing it like that.

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