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I have a small flock of 4 hens,  I recently purchased 5 additional Jersey Giants to add to my existing flocks.  My new little ones are only 3 weeks old and although I know they will grow quickly, I am unsure when I can add them to the flock.  I want them to be safe.

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I typically add my newbies to the flock when they are approximately the same size as the adult birds. They seem to do better and get picked on less that way. As for a good way to introduce them, look up The Chicken Chick's blog. She has a wonderful article that outlines a good way to add chickens to your existing flock. Good luck! 

Chickens: Sex-Links, Ameracaunas, Copper Marons, Frizzle Batman, American Game Hens, Old English Game Bantams, Gold Laced Wyandottes, Silkie/Cochin Bantam Rooster, Production Reds, and assorted Barnyard Mutts

Dogs: 4 Longhaired Miniature Dachshunds

Family: Mom, Dad, Brother, Sister, and Me!

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Chickens: Sex-Links, Ameracaunas, Copper Marons, Frizzle Batman, American Game Hens, Old English Game Bantams, Gold Laced Wyandottes, Silkie/Cochin Bantam Rooster, Production Reds, and assorted Barnyard Mutts

Dogs: 4 Longhaired Miniature Dachshunds

Family: Mom, Dad, Brother, Sister, and Me!

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you will usually want to introduce them slowly. make a area where the grown hens can SEE the little ones but NOT be able to get too them. After a week or two introduce them but WATCH for excessive aggression. some pecking will occur but if they are kept from food, jumped on or blood drawn you will want to put them back in the area where they can be SEEN but not touched for a few more days. Then try again and WATCH. you might have to do this a few times before they are eventually accepted. There will ALWAYS be a pecking order, that's natural with a head hen and low one on the order. pecking and fussing establishes the order but extreme agressive behavior is different. if you have one in particular that's excessively aggressive REMOVE her from the flock for around a week. a new order will be established without her then put her back in and hopefully her behavior towards the chicks will have improved. Usually the order is established as chicks, pecking, chest bumps ect but nothing extreme. you need to interupt if blood is drawn or so.e gets hurt or is kept from food. I really hope this helps you out. I have to do the same thing when I get my chicks in April. I'm hoping for the best.
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Thanks for all the info
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