ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Introducing New Chickens to a Backyard Chicken Coop

Updated on March 4, 2013
Bringing home our backyard chickens in the car
Bringing home our backyard chickens in the car | Source

Welcome to Your New home

Our neighbor dog took our backyard chicken numbers down from five to one, so we needed an infusion of new chickens. We happened to know someone who was moving and so needed a new home for his chickens, so we volunteered.

What is the number one thing to do when introducing chickens to a new coop?

Keep them in the coop for at least three days.

Once they've acclimated to their new home, it is time to let them "stretch their wings" assuming that you want to have less mess to deal with and the enjoyment of watching chickens peck around your yard. If you are not going to be home to supervise them when you let them out of the coop, you may opt to leave them inside for a few more days, just as added insurance. If you are able to check on them and make sure they don't wander off, three days is just about enough.

Chickens, like many other pet-type animals, can remember the location of their food and water. Unlike cats and dogs, they won't venture down the street. Almost always, they will stay in range of their food and water.

In order for them to easily stay in their coop for three days, you will want to have these items in the coop:

  1. A water dish.
  2. A food dish, preferably one they can't stand on.

It is important to note that your needs with small chicks are not the same as the needs of older chickens. In this article we address the needs of fully grown hens. It is also important to remember (brace yourself) that chickens produce a lot of...shall we say, waste? If their food is on the ground and they can stand on it, they will not only knock it over, they will dirty it. The same goes for their water. While some people enjoy the task of filling the chickens' food every day, it is nice to be able to miss a day without harming the birds, so self-filling feeders and waterers are useful.

Being prepared before you bring your chickens home (to roost, haha) will save you a lot of hurry-scurry. If you treat your chickens well, they will produce a bounty of eggs and entertainment for you and your family.


Chickens in a backyard coop
Chickens in a backyard coop | Source

Want to Make Your Own Self-Filling Waterer? Here's how:

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      Jordan Walker 

      4 years ago

      Good for you to have a new chicken. I have 6 laying hens and I get eggs everyday. It's so fun to raise chickens on our own and what I love most is when they are doing their bath sand.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)