That spiraled quickly.
Thanx for reading please let us know if we have made a huge mistake having such a mixed bag????
Victor & Mother Tucker
Welcome to BYC, Victor and Mother Tucker. Glad you decided to join our flock. Sorry about the loss of your chick. It's always sad to lose one of our flock. You have some wonderful breeds. Faverolles, Orpingtons, and Silkies all have a well deserved reputation for being calm and gentle (great lap pets). X2 on waiting until your chicks are grown and using the "look but don't touch" method of adding them to your flock. If you haven't done so already, definitely check out our Learning Center at http://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center. There is lots of useful information there. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Cheers.
You're welcome. Most breeds are sexually mature around 5 months, however some breeds do not reach their full size and weight until they are 9 or more months old.
One other important thing to keep in mind when introducing new birds to your existing flock...the new ones should be isolated from your existing flock for 30 days. That gives you time to be sure they don't have an illness or pests that would be passed on to your existing birds. Integration takes time for it to go smoothly.
Thanks for joining us!
The new birds should be completely separate from your existing flock. This article explains it very well (the first part of the article):
Once the 30 day isolation period is up and assuming none of the new birds are showing any health issues, then you can use the look/don't touch integration method. That gives everyone a chance to get used to each other before they come in physical contact. As much as we'd like to think all our chickens will get along as one big happy family right from the start, the pecking order has to be re-worked by the chickens and that takes time (along with some skirmishes usually).
Isolation and integration can't be rushed without risking some problems.