What is your favorite way to integrate new birds into the flock?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by stone_family3, Apr 2, 2012.

  1. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2011
    For chicks: Do you like to brood them in the coop so they know each other?
    Do you like to put them in adjoining runs?
    Cage them separately in the coop?

    Me personally I like to brood them together and I let them spend supervised time together. They start out with my most gentle girl and slowly allow the chicks to free range in the coop. By the time they are fully feathered I just open the cage door and let them mingle. Haven't had any problems yet :).
  2. loanwizard

    loanwizard Chillin' With My Peeps

    My chickens are free ranged, but I like to cage my chicks in the coop for a couple of days to a week, then turn them out on the roost at night. Seems to have worked for me thus far.

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