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integrating two batches of chicks

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I have had my bigs (7 weeks) and littles (3 weeks) in the same coop with the littles in a completely enclosed 'play pen' for over a week now.  I haven't attempted to leave the littles' door open so everyone can mingle yet.  There is a BIG size difference between the two flocks and I am not sure when to start making introductions.

How closely will I have to watch?  What are the first signs of aggression?

I have read up on how to make a panic door but just because of the way the play pen is situated there is a real possibility of a little getting caught around the other side and having no way back in.

I hatched these littles myself and a couple were VERY little (pullet eggs) so I am very mother hen-ish about them.

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There are a few schools of thought about mixing age groups.  Your best bet is to research the different ways and finding what works for your set up.  Whatever you choose, have a large enough set up to accommodate all your birds is important.

 

Good luck and let us know what you do and how it worked out.

RSL, Buffs, RIR, Amber Rocks and GLWs. Three turkeys getting ready for Thanksgiving.  One GLW Rooster crowing over them all.
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RSL, Buffs, RIR, Amber Rocks and GLWs. Three turkeys getting ready for Thanksgiving.  One GLW Rooster crowing over them all.
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