New Chook on the Block

I have 5 Isa Brown hens and 1 cock, all about 3 years old. I'm about to introduce 2 young point of lay (17wk old?) Isa Brown crosses. At what age can they be housed together without the older girls or rooster pecking/hassling the younger ones too much? I was told about 26 weeks before an older rooster can be put with them, but this will prove difficult as we are only temporarily dividing up the henhouse and run.


MEG: SO LONG AS YOU HAVE PLENTY OF SPACE - AT LEAST 10 SQUARE FEET PER BIRD - I'D RUN THEM TOGETHER NOW, AND "SUCK IT AND SEE". EXPECT A FEW SQUABBLES FOR THE FIRST FEW DAYS - ITS NORMAL TO RESORTING THE PECKING ORDER NO MATTER HOW OLD NEW BIRDS ARE WHEN YOU BRING THEM IN.

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Nov 22, 2012
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Keep a good watch
by: Steven French

I reckon "suck it and see" is good advice. All birds are different and there are no hard and fast rules. If they have been side by side for some time putting them together now is definitely worth a try but keep a very watchful eye on them.
A few days of occasional fighting is perfectly normal, but once they start to pick on a bird it can become a frenzy and they can kill them in short order.

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