INTRODUCING NEW CHICKENS TO THE OLD FLOCK
This week the new chicks, now two months old, joined their fine furry and feathered companions in the main animal compound. So far, so good! There have not been any feathers flying - only a few small pecks from the older chickens as the new ones find their place in the "new world pecking order."
Over the years, we've learned what "tricks" are best for introducing a new batch of chicks to the flock.
One is to "introduce" the new chickens during the night while the others are sleeping so that they all wake up together. After having done that, the next morning I peeked in before opening the coop door and they all were perched together. I could imagine the older chickens wondering "how did these 'things' get in here?" And the new chicks wondering "how on earth did we get in here?" LOL.
After opening the coop door, I put out some favorite chicken treats so they'd be more interested in the food than each other. That brought both the new and older ones to a central eating location for a morning feast and, after few small pecks, all was right in the hen world. Of course, just like anxious parents, we kept a watchful eye out for the next few hours. Checking on things periodically during the morning and afternoon with no signs of any brouhaha.
The new chicks seem pretty excited about their new "digs." Lots of spots to "hang out" and plenty of dirt for beauty baths. However, they still travel together in threes wherever they go - so cute! For some reason, they have taken to Blackberry, our pygmy goat. Don't know exactly why but they like to spend much time on her back--all three of them! And she doesn't seem to mind at all.
Anyway, the introduction phase has, thankfully, gone smoothly. Seems all is well in chickendom. And Blackberry? I think she enjoys the attention.
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