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When can my chicks be with my older birds?

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I  got 6 chicks from TSC about 2 weeks ago. I assume that they are now 3 weeks. I have:

 

- 2 barred rocks

- 1 "americana" (probably an easter egger)

- 2 Isa Browns

- 1 red chick cross bred for production

 

I also have 3 older Dorking chickens soon to be 2 years old. As many of you probably know dorking chickens are dual-purpose birds and weigh about 9 pounds. My chicks will never be as large as these birds just because of their breeds. When can I put the chicks in with the larger birds?

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I usually start integrating my chicks at around 8-10 weeks when they are fully feathered. Plan on penning them next to, or within the coop, so the existing flock can see them for a week or two before beginning supervised mingling and returning them to a safe pen afterwards until you comfortable leaving them together.
Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Thank you that was very helpful! 

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