When to introduce

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by bbyblueyes3, Sep 15, 2013.

  1. bbyblueyes3

    bbyblueyes3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am currently "chicken sitting" for my mother. I have her two bantams. When can I introduce them into my flock (6 hens). They seem so small compared to my girls. But life would be so much "nicer" if they could all be together.

    My girls....
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    Mom's two...
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    Thanks so much!!!
     
  2. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The method I would use is have them in a cage or partitioned off part of the run for a few days, the let them free range with the rest. With the large space when they free range they can get away from the ones pecking them. Leaving them sleep in the separate area for a few more. If all is going well after that they can be put together to sleep in the same coop. If they are going back to mom"s soon I wouldn't bother.
     
  3. bbyblueyes3

    bbyblueyes3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you so much! They will be with me for a while.... Due to family medical situations...
    I have sectioned off one end of the run and set them up temporary housing. I may leave them in this set up for a few days/week? They are so hard to catch... And we're previously housed in my bird aviary... I am hoping I can make this area "home" so that when I do let them out, they will come back??? I am so worried they will run off if I let them free range with my girls. Any and all advice greatly appreciated....
     
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  4. kstavert

    kstavert Out Of The Brooder

    My coops are two story....
    bottom area is open ... and
    covered with chicken wire...

    I put new hens in these coops and
    keep them closed... the other hens
    run about the chicken run and can
    see and interact with the cooped
    ones...

    after a week or so, I open the door
    on the bottom of the coop... the
    hens come in to eat the feed of
    the cooped hens and they interact

    the cooped hens come out - and,
    if they feel threatened, they can
    run back inside....

    each time I do this, they all seem
    to get along just fine

    hope your bantams transition well
     
  5. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Being kept in a coop for a few days to a week resets where home is for most chickens. The period of see but no touch during the introduction serves that propose well.
     
  6. bbyblueyes3

    bbyblueyes3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Her little rooster is a hoot! He will not let me touch him.... And makes the funniest noises! I will post pics of the housing arrangements as soon as possible.
     
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  7. bbyblueyes3

    bbyblueyes3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Have had them in a pen right next to my girls run and coop for about two weeks. Tried to turn then all out yesterday to free range... And it didn't go so well. My girls went after him. Looked like they were trying to attack him.... Any advise????
     
  8. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If they all went after him then you might want to try a phased introduction. Where you put them with him one at a time. How did they act towards the hen?
     
  9. bbyblueyes3

    bbyblueyes3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The kinda I gonered her... They were to focused on him. I have put them back in the side by side pens for now... And have a small wire cage I put the two in while I was cleaning pens the other day....
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    I may try just him and one of my girls this afternoon when I get home....
    Thank you!!!!
     

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