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Starting a New Flock

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by redwing76, Apr 4, 2012.

  1. redwing76

    redwing76 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 21, 2010
    OK...so the time has come. My husband and I are ready to start a new flock. I have some questions though on how to go about doing it. Ideally, I would like to keep our girls around for eggs for as long as possible until the young ones are ready to lay but I have fears about integrating the two flocks together. When we first started our current flock, we integrated 5 easter eggers late and they never really acclimated well. I wanted the easter eggers due to their sweet nature and they've always just been skittish since we integrated them. While I do view our girls as food, I do want them to be friendly and handleable up till the end. I currently have 16 girls and I'm looking to start a new flock of 15 layers and 10 meaties. So what is the best way to go about re-flocking? It's really important to me to have friendly birds, so do I just cull them all and go without fresh eggs until the new ones start laying or is there a way to do this peacefully? Do I cull all but 5 or so to get us through the summer and try to keep those 5 separated? Any suggestions?

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