What is the best way to introduce younger chickens to my existing small flock?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by kelly77, Mar 13, 2013.

  1. kelly77

    kelly77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 3 hens and 1 Roo with 4 female ducks. The chickens are all silkie mixes. I have a bunch of younger ones in the house 3 are ready to go out they are about the same size as the older one outside, problem is I have 2 immature boys and 1 girl ...I tried one of the boys the other day and my rooster tried to mate with him. I am afraid he is just going to jump on everyone. He is not aggressive but hes never been around another male...so I am afraid of sneaking them in at night..that tatic might not work and I wont be around to supervise. Any thoughts?
     
  2. farmer boy

    farmer boy Chillin' With My Peeps

    a rooster mating another rooster is the alpha showing he is higher in the pecking order its normal mine do that to .. to younger ones its fine ... you should make a spot in the coop where the younger ones can stay in for a few days to let the older ones see the new ones and so nothing bad happens any more questions just ask away
     
  3. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Its best if you can give them an area separate from the older ones, where they can interact through a fence for a while. If you free range, after a week or so you can let them range together. Give them another week or so to work on their pecking order and you can put them together.
     
  4. farmer boy

    farmer boy Chillin' With My Peeps

    i didn't have a problem with mine i just threw them in lol well the hens and the rooster liked them right away but with my rooster i had to wait a few days until i let him out but he beat up my other rooster and became the new alpha roo .. but its different with everyone because it depends on the birds their self
     
  5. kelly77

    kelly77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks everyone...I do have a cage in there that the rabbit stays in but recently have been letting the bunny run around..she has a hiding spot so I think I will try and put them in the cage
     

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