Looking for tips when integrating pullets into an existing small flock
I'm planning on buying 4 pullets tomorrow to integrate into my existing flock of 3 mature hens. They will all share the same coop & run — though I will pasture them during most of the day.
I've been told not to expect the existing flock to mix with the new birds, and to watch out that they don't attack/kill them.
I've been advised to make sure that there is constant availabilty of food/feed. If there isn't (i.e., food is only available at feeding time), I've heard the pecking order fights get triggered much more easily.
A few questions:
- Are there any other best practices the experienced chicken farmers here can share regarding pullet integration?
- Is the advice I've described above accurate?
- Are there any other issues besides the pecking order I should be vigilant for?
[Update: the pullet integration went well. Pics of the event are below]
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