Visiting Neighbors

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by berkeleybackyard, Jan 18, 2011.

  1. berkeleybackyard

    berkeleybackyard Hatching

    May 22, 2010
    Two households on our corner have urban chickens (four each). We help each other out by "sitting" with their hens when they are on a trip. I was wondering if anyone has tried to combine two flocks for weekends. They would have plenty of room in their yard but maybe a little cramped in the enclosed sleeping area in the coop for the overnight. There would be room in the open air porch with a roost. Would they squabble? Would the visitors lay eggs in the nest box? Just an idea, but it would make it easier for the chicken sitter.

    Thanks so much for your help!
  2. Teach97

    Teach97 Bantam Addict

    Nov 12, 2008
    Hooker, OK
    bad plan...messes with flock dominance (yes they will fight)...causes stress (no eggs)...worst of all you can transfer disease...yes both flocks are healthy but they have their own flora of bacteria and is the same when a new teacher comes into a school...they get sick because they don't have the antibodies of that population yet.
  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Not a good idea for all of Teach97's reasons.
  4. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I agree with Teach97 and it will stress the chickens out beyond belief.
  5. berkeleybackyard

    berkeleybackyard Hatching

    May 22, 2010
    Thanks everyone -- glad I asked!
  6. UrbanGrower

    UrbanGrower Chirping

    Sep 29, 2010
    West Jordan, UT

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