Winter and New chickens

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Kerrie Ann, Sep 20, 2011.

  1. Kerrie Ann

    Kerrie Ann Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello - First question I have is what is the best way to introduce new chickens to the hen house? Second question is how many eggs will I get in the winter I live in MA?
     
  2. mamadukes5

    mamadukes5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have no answer for you, but I wait to hear what everyone else has to say becuase i have the same question. I live in Mass too, are you in the east or western part of the state?
     
  3. Kerrie Ann

    Kerrie Ann Out Of The Brooder

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    I live in the south east part of MA. Bristal County
     
  4. peepblessed

    peepblessed Chillin' With My Peeps

    Are you talking about introducing new hens to a coop that already has chickens in it? Winter egg production depends a lot on how old the chickens are. My pullets lay all winter and it gets down to about 15 degrees here in the California mountains. My more mature hens lay almost nothing when it gets real cold. [​IMG]
     
  5. Kerrie Ann

    Kerrie Ann Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes I have 5 chickens already and want to get 2 more. My chickens are about a year or so. I want more eggs.
     
  6. peepblessed

    peepblessed Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:The best way is to separate them with a wire fence in your run/coop for about a month. Then when you put them together watch for any serious fighting but realize that a "pecking order" must be established. Separate food and water is sometimes necessary. [​IMG]
     
  7. Kerrie Ann

    Kerrie Ann Out Of The Brooder

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    I was told that if I put the new chickens in the coop as the rest of them are sleeping works. Any thoughts on this?
     
  8. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    You will have integration issues. It cannot be rushed. The best method is to have them "side by side" for a few weeks, getting introduced through a mesh divider. Still, when the day comes that the net comes down, it can be brutal for a day or two. They have to sort it out their way and their way is sometimes rough.
     
  9. Kerrie Ann

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    I am not sure how to do that I only have one coop and one runner any sugestions? I have an old dog crate that will fit 2 large yellow labs maybe that will work?
     
  10. Tres Amigas

    Tres Amigas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not to be a fly in the ointment, but I hope you're talking about integration after a 30 day quarantine? I've read many threads from heartbroken chicken owners who just go out and get more chickens and integrate them right away, only to have the entire flock sickened or lost because one or more new chickens were sick with something that was not apparent at purchase. Quarantine only works if the chickens are completely separated a distance from one another and don't even share the same free range area for a full 30 days. After that time (and all's well) the integration process should begin.
    On the upside, YAY! more chickens. [​IMG]
     

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