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will new pullets range with flock?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by birdbrain5, Jan 27, 2011.

  1. birdbrain5

    birdbrain5 Songster

    Aug 2, 2010
    i got 2 new pullets and introduced them to my existing flock 4 days ago. everything seems fine, the older pullet is very comfortable, but the yonger girl is a little skittish, hides in nesting box sometimes, but things seem to be doing better. my rooster is actually the one that picks on her a bit, dont know if it is because shes not mature so he has no interest in her? id like to let them out to range but i have been keeping them in until everyone was settled. these two pullets have not free ranged before, but if i let everyone out can i expect them to stick with the flock and come back in to roost at night? i never have issues with my original crew but im just wondering if it is too soon to let them out and expect the newbies to come back too...

  2. Lesa

    Lesa Songster

    May 28, 2008
    Upstate NY
    I think they will come back to roost- if they have been in the coop for 3-4 days...

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