questions about intergrating...

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by tyjaco, Mar 6, 2012.

  1. tyjaco

    tyjaco Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 4 adult hens - about 2 years old now. I have 8 pullets almost ready to go out.
    I'm building a new coop/run which will house ALL of them.

    my plan is this (PLEASE tell me your thoughts as I've never done this b4):
    The new coop/run should be ready next weekend. After it's ready, that NIGHT - I plan to move the old birds in and plop them on a roost. Then I want to move the new girls in (put them on a roost?).
    So that in the morning, when I open the pop door, they will all be in a new environment together. I hoped this might work since it won't be anybody's territory yet.

    But, I'm not confident in my plan. It still is getting cold at night, so they might need a light for a little bit longer (?).

    Inside the new coop, I'm going to have a separate storage area which I could fix up and use to keep them separate, but do I need to do that? I know they will have to re-establish a new pecking order, but what is the BEST way to do it?

    What would you suggest for my situation?

    thank you in advance!!
     
  2. sparkles2307

    sparkles2307 Terd of Hurtles

    You need to let them see each other for a week or so before you put them together. Like, on either side of a chicken wire barrier. I've got a small "integrating" pen along one side of one of my fenced runs and any time I'm going to mix and mingle I put the newbies in the smaller pen for a while till I stop seeing much agression from across the wires.
     
  3. tyjaco

    tyjaco Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ok. I think I can figure out a way to separate them in the coop and the run. it makes me feel a little better to do it more slowly, anyway.

    Thank you
     
  4. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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  5. tyjaco

    tyjaco Chillin' With My Peeps

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    oops. I'm a dummy. I didn't see that.


    Thank you
     
  6. sparkles2307

    sparkles2307 Terd of Hurtles

    I hope it goes well for you!
     

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