Two new flock members!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by KindNepenthe, Jun 12, 2010.

  1. KindNepenthe

    KindNepenthe Out Of The Brooder

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    My first post here: https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=329743

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    sadly, out of those 15 chicks only 4 made it due to a run in with our German Shepard. Our dang dog tore apart the garage to get at the poor youngens in the brooder and I just happened to come home early that day or I'm sure that all of them would have been goners. I was so upset!

    We decided to wait to get more since our coop wasn't done yet and now that it is, we're slowly adding back to our flock. These are the two newest members, a Silver Laced Polish pair we got from a family not too far from us. So far so good and they're quite the pair! Right now they're staying in an extra large dog cage and the rest are allowed to roam around about them as they please.

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    So questions, how long should we keep these guys apart from the rest? These are the first chickens we've brought around what's left of our flock but we'd like to get more. Should the next group be chicks that are kept in the crate inside the coop or should we go with hens? I was thinking of chicks since we can get more at once and not have to keep disrupting the flock with new roomies. Ideas? Thanks!
     
  2. bturbo87

    bturbo87 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    firstly any new birds brought to your flock should be kept separated from the flock for at least 30 days. i figured it was one of those stupid rules and ignored it, and i still have 5 days left where i cant eat eggs, because i had to hit the whole flock with tylan 50 from a respiratory infection that i brought in with some cornish hens.
     
  3. KindNepenthe

    KindNepenthe Out Of The Brooder

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    Eek. Good idea. I never thought of that, more of a 'I dont want them attacking each other' idea.
     

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