Starting My Very Own Flock! :)

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by samsiii, Feb 11, 2015.

  1. samsiii

    samsiii New Egg

    Feb 11, 2015
    Hello All, my name is Sami. I'm new to BYC and chickens in general! We're just about done with our coop which is 4'x8' and the chickens have about an 8'x16' run. Since the coop is near completion, we're now picking out our pullets. We are in a residential area, so as much as I'd like to, the city administrator has told me "NO ROOSTERS!!!" Oh well.

    Here is my question: if I were planning on buying pullets from two different farms near me, would it be smart to put them all together in the coop at the same time, or to space it out so one set gets acclimated to its new surroundings first?

    The pullets I have picked out at the moment:
    1 welsummer and 2 buff orpingtons around six months old from one farm
    1 barred rock and 1. maybe 2 australorps around 2 months from another farm

    Any opinions on these breeds cohabiting or how to introduce the two sets to each other would be greatly appreciated!

    Thank you in advance! :)
  2. HighStreetCoop

    HighStreetCoop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 28, 2014
    Oakland, CA
    My Coop
  3. samsiii

    samsiii New Egg

    Feb 11, 2015
    Thank you for the reply, high street coop :) I've looked at the adding to your flock link, but I don't think it said anything about if none of the chickens are familiar with the coop. I will definitely keep an eye on them before introducing them to each other. It would probably be easier to quarantine if I get them at different times.
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Putting them all in a new empty coop at once might be the best bet as far as integration is concerned,

    if you want to forgo/risk not fully quarantining them(you need a separate coop far away from the other one),

    but the 2 groups might still fight.

    Best to have them the same size/age/numbers, lots of space, hiding places and multiple feed/water stations.
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2015

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