5 tips on introductions
ALWAYS introduce new birds in groups – never introduce a lone bird to a flock;
YOUNG birds will tend to integrate better into a group of adults as they naturally are more subservient;
HAVE a separate run or pen alongside your main run so birds can get used to each other with the protection of a fence between them. This won’t stop birds asserting themselves over each other once they can physically touch, but it’s less likely to be as aggressive.
INTRODUCE new chickens at night-time as this can help to minimise fights – use a torch, place new birds on perches or in the coop as birds are far less likely to start fighting at night and tend to be less aware of new additions once it gets lighter.
IF A bird is injured or becomes sick, remove it immediately or it’s highly possible it will be killed and eaten – chickens are omnivores and do like protein.