After the July Bear attack that diminished our little flock of 4 chickens by two, we decided to get some replacement chicks. I found a hatchery that would mail as few as three chicks so I ordered three Golden Comet chicks, the same hybrid breed that we currently have. They arrived on August 7 as day old chicks.
After brooding them for 3 weeks in our bathroom…..
we happily moved them to more spacious quarters in the garage.
They are now 10 weeks old and nearly full grown. They have outgrown the spaceship and are ready to move out to the outdoor coop.
We have raised up three sets of chicks now, but we have never tried to integrate new chickens into an existing flock. It can be a tricky thing to do. It is very stressful for both humans and birds alike and can even be brutal. They call it the pecking order for a reason. We followed some common advice and divided the coop in half with chicken wire.
I had to crawl in the run to fit the bottom board. I was soon accompanied by the two hens quite curious about the new occupant.
The coop is divided both on top and bottom. We plan to keep the birds separated for about three weeks and by then we hope that they will be used to each other and can live together peaceably.
With the two older hens now safely ensconced in their half of the coop, they were clearly not pleased with the new interior design.
We introduced the 3 new chicks into the upper roost first….
But after an hour, they were still reluctant to venture down into the brave new world.
Ever wonder where the pejorative term “chicken” came from?
Finally I gave them a nudge and pushed them down the stairs. The original hens were now REALLY incensed about this new living arrangement. You know the expression “mad as a wet hen?” Well here is what one sounds like.