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Same coop, new flock

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by snogs, Dec 8, 2013.

  1. snogs

    snogs Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a flock of chickens that I got about 2.5 years ago, and in the spring we're going to dispatch them to the soup pot and start a new flock. The new flock will be going in the same coop and run as the old flock. We've used the deep litter method with great success - no odors in the coop and no issues in the New England winters. I'm curious to know what I need to do between flocks in terms of coop cleaning to prepare it for the new chickens.

    I live in a city where we have a 6 hen limit. I currently have 7 hens left of my original 13 (3 roosters, 3 deaths). I'm keeping 2 of my current hens (silkies named Chuck and Tinky) and ordering 11 chicks. My neighbors are used to me having chickens and as long as there is no gap between flocks I doubt anyone will count them. I plan to keep my current hens until the new ones are ready to go outside.

    Aside from removing all of the litter and basic cleaning is there anything else I need to be concerned about before putting my new hens in the old hen's quarters?
     
  2. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I wouldn't. I don't believe in disinfecting unless there is evidence of disease, and you don't mention any. I firmly believe the bacteria the current hens will leave will strengthen the new flock's immune systems.
     
  3. snogs

    snogs Out Of The Brooder

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    That's an interesting point. The chickens I have currently seem quite healthy, and I do enjoy doing less work. Thanks for the input.
     
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    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I'm all about less work! [​IMG]
     

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