Will they get along?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Krystle518, Aug 15, 2016.

  1. Krystle518

    Krystle518 New Egg

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    I have 4-5 month old production red hens. I want to add 3 or 4 same aged barred rock or Isa brown girls. Do I need to be care on mixing breeds? I want everyone to be happy :)
     
  2. TheKindaFarmGal

    TheKindaFarmGal Overrun With Chickens

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    No, introduce them right and everything should go fine. [​IMG]
     
  3. Krystle518

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    Is there a special way I should do it? Like separate pens for a while then put them together?
     
  4. TheKindaFarmGal

    TheKindaFarmGal Overrun With Chickens

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    Yeah, that would be good. Ideally they should go into quarantine for a couple weeks before you put them in with the other chickens to make sure you aren't introducing new disease to a healthy flock. It would be wise to let them see/hear each other before being put together.

    I don't make a big deal of introducing new birds to the flock, but it is easier for me because I have roosters. You didn't mention any, so I assume you don't, but it should still go fine. Hope all goes well and you get some new birds soon!
     
  5. lazy gardener

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    How big is your coop and run? There will be pecking order issues: to be expected. Do you let them out to free range? If you can give the new girls a sectioned off space in the coop and run for a few days, then let them mingle in the run or free range, that might help them to get integrated. Better to get them integrated before they get much older.
     
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  6. Krystle518

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    The coop is for 6 to 8 chickens. I have 3 girls now so I think the space is good. Plus they are more or less free range-there is a very large fenced in area. I might just section some of it off. Thanks!
     
  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Numbers aren't matching?

    How big is coop in feet by feet?
    "The coop is for 6 to 8 chickens" is usually marketing misinformation on prefab coops, is why I ask.


    Read up on integration..... BYC advanced search>titles only>integration
    This is good place to start reading:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/adding-to-your-flock


    Consider biological/medical quarantine:
    BYC Medical Quarantine Article
    Poultry Biosecurity
    BYC 'medical quarantine' search
     
  8. Krystle518

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    Oh I really don't know the dimensions. I will have to ask my husband. The coop said it was for 6-8 chickens. I currently have 6-3 girls and 3 boys. We only wanted girls so unfortunately the boys are going to be used for meat. We have about an acre and a half and when I am home they free range and when I am at work they have a very large penned in area. I am looking to get 3 or 4 more girls when they boys are gone.
     
  9. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    This is often very misleading, I'd find out the real dimensions and do a little research before adding more birds.

    There's a good article on Space in my signature line.
     
  10. lazy gardener

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    I agree with Aart. The manufacturer almost always misrepresents the product he's selling. It shouldn't be too hard for you to go out with a tape measure and measure the coop and run. Without that information, it's impossible to give you any helpful information. Integration takes LOTS of extra space.
     

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