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So as of now i have 6 3 week old chicks and outside i have 2 about a year old chickens. Before we move the young chicks out we need to build a bigger coop. how should i introduce the young ones? Do i put the young ones in the new coop first? or the old ones in the new coop first?

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Theres lots of info on this topic and i would suggest that you search for "integrating younger chickens to a flock" or something like that. You'll find some very good posts and articles on the subject. The "see, but no contact" approach seems to be most favoured. 

 

Good luck

 

CT

Nairobi, Kenya
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What luck!

While you're building your new coop you can design in a temporary wire wall to split the coop into two sections for integrating new birds!

 

Add an extra people door to access that area,

and build tiny doors for the chicks to use to visit the big birds.

Best example ever of chick respite and doors by azygous: 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1069595/introducing-chicks-to-adults#post_16276224


Edited by aart - 4/3/16 at 3:20pm

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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I divide the coop with fencing - and they hang like this until I decide to remove the fencing. Right now, the 5 week old chicks are out there at night and have the big pen during the day. I let the big chicken and the ducks in when I sit in there to watch the interaction between them all.

 

I do this with my ducks as well.

 

The littles always get lots of supervised outside time in the yard so the big birds know there are new ones so it isn't a surprise when all the sudden, one night they are sharing the coop.

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