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Quick Question about adding chickens

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by sawyerashton, Feb 24, 2013.

  1. sawyerashton

    sawyerashton Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 4 pullets that are 12 weeks old. If I were to add 2 more chickens. Can I add full grown hens? If I did add, I would add 2 more. Would adding 2 older chickens to these younger ones prevent a lot of the mixing problems?
     
  2. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Adding two older hens would not prevent mixing problems. Once they are all nearly grown the age of the mixees means little. The best way to introduce new chickens is the slow way. That is to put them in two pens next to each other for a week or two, so they can get to know each other first before they can actually peck and chase each other. Then let them interact plenty of room so they can avoid each other if necessary That lessens the worse pecking order problems. Most people prefer to introduce pullets to full grown hens after the pullets are around 16 weeks.
     
  3. sawyerashton

    sawyerashton Out Of The Brooder

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    Easy answer. Thanks
     

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