Trouble with new chickens

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by VAChickenFarmer, Jan 19, 2009.

  1. VAChickenFarmer

    VAChickenFarmer New Egg

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    Jan 19, 2009
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    I just brought home 3 Dominique pullets Saturday and while I realize it takes time for any new chickens to be accepted by an existing flock, but today the 3 new birds are still being chased around. They stay in the coop in a nest box and don't go out much due to all of the chasing around. What can I do??? TIA

    Damon
     
  2. cluckychick

    cluckychick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 29, 2008
    South of KCMO
    First off, anytime you bring new birds home you should quarantine them for 4 weeks that way if they are carrier of disease then 4 weeks gives you enough time to find that out and not spread that to your existing flock.

    It takes time for birds to establish a pecking order. I usually keep mine in a large wire dog kennel in the coop or in an attached run letting them see the other birds but not allowing contact. This is after their quarantine period is up.

    They will eventually get use to eachother or the weaker will suffer and you'll know.

    Good Luck.
     
  3. VAChickenFarmer

    VAChickenFarmer New Egg

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    I was not aware that I needed to quarantine new chickens. I guess I will need to bear that in mind for when I get some new chickens in a month or so...
     

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