5 tips on in­tro­duc­tions

NZ Lifestyle Block - - YOUR POULTRY -

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.

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