chickens
introducing new chickens to an established flock
Chickens have a relatively complex social structure sometimes described as the pecking order.  This structure is disrupted when new chickens are added to an existing flock.  If handled poorly it  can increase the stress levels of your chickens causing them to lose condition or stop laying eggs and in extreme cases it can result in injuries and even deaths  due to the chickens fighting each other.

There are two methods that I use to safely introduce chickens to an established flock.  For more information on these methods click the  LINKS on the left hand side.

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