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 Post subject: Two more hens
PostPosted: Mon Sep 26, 2022 8:40 am 
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Hello, Maggie from Clifton Beach in Queensland
I am 82 and have six lovely lady hens that keep me with fresh eggs every day
I would like to add two more hens but have been told that can be upsetting to my old girls and the new hens can be picked on
I would be so grateful for some advice and help please.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 26, 2022 8:57 am 
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I use the Sleeping Intro and works good
The easiest way to add new chook to your flock is to sneak it in while everyone is sleeping. Place the chickens on perches and leave them. Let all of your chooks wake up together in the morning. Your Chickens will notice something is new, but they aren’t as likely to bully the new chooks.

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when i do it i put the new hens in a small coop next to the big coop with my flock and let them get used to each other for about 1 week then let all of the chooks out together to free range. Then that night lock them all up in the big coop and thats it. you still get the occasional peck but nothing to worry about and usually buy 2 weeks they are all old friends

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 Post subject: Re: Two more hens
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Thank you so much for all the help and advice its so wonderful to get help so quickly
I will try the night introduction and if that fails, I will get my great grandson to make a small run next to the cage

I did try another forum but its broken and they ignored my emails asking for help, I so wish a came here first

Thank you so much

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We just love to help chooky people :-D

Sounds like you looked at "Fakeyard Poultry" and as you found out a complete waste of time.

I got your email address from your profile and I have sent you a very disturbing bio on "FYP" and all the horror facts, its an eye opener :shock:

Let us know how you get on with the new hens into

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cc's poultry wrote:
when i do it i put the new hens in a small coop next to the big coop with my flock and let them get used to each other for about 1 week then let all of the chooks out together to free range. Then that night lock them all up in the big coop and thats it. you still get the occasional peck but nothing to worry about and usually buy 2 weeks they are all old friends

good luck

Hi Maggie, [smilie=welcome.gif] to the forum
I use the same method as CC and works well. Does take about 1 week but they do accept the new hen/s well after that

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Olivia N wrote:
I use the Sleeping Intro and works good
The easiest way to add new chook to your flock is to sneak it in while everyone is sleeping. Place the chickens on perches and leave them. Let all of your chooks wake up together in the morning. Your Chickens will notice something is new, but they aren’t as likely to bully the new chooks.

apf_no1

I have not heard of this method but will try it next time I need to replace an old worn out layer hen than657

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cc's poultry wrote:
when i do it i put the new hens in a small coop next to the big coop with my flock and let them get used to each other for about 1 week then let all of the chooks out together to free range. Then that night lock them all up in the big coop and thats it. you still get the occasional peck but nothing to worry about and usually buy 2 weeks they are all old friends

good luck

Hi Maggie, [smilie=welcome.gif] to the forum
I use the same method as CC and works well. Does take about 1 week but they do accept the new hen/s well after that

I do the same for not just the layer hens but all the fowls and even ducks and geese, it's the best way I think

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 Post subject: Re: Two more hens
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cc's poultry wrote:
when i do it i put the new hens in a small coop next to the big coop with my flock and let them get used to each other for about 1 week then let all of the chooks out together to free range. Then that night lock them all up in the big coop and thats it. you still get the occasional peck but nothing to worry about and usually buy 2 weeks they are all old friends

good luck

This info is GOLD! thank you so so much, I was searching the internet and this popped up last night and its just the question and answer I was looking for

than657 so much guys this forum is a gold mine of help and info woohoo4

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Yes, thank you from me also had no idea about adding new hens really have no idea about bird's full stop
Thanks again for all the info on the forum it's just amazing place to come every day


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