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adding our 8 week old girls to the pen!

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Question: my husband and I are adding 6 new members to our pen. We have 2 existing hens who have been occupying the place all themselves. The chicks are 8 weeks old. Will the 2 hens that have always been in there eventually welcome them???
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they should eventually accept them, it may take a while or not my 3 RIR girls don't like my new girls but my ameraucana hen loves them, and so does my roo while he doesn't cuddle with them like my hen he does go up to them and doesn't peck them.

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Great to hear! Thanks!
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yep not all will respond the same way, I have heard some horror stories but I have never had trouble but my brooder was set up right next to where they were so the chicks whole life was spent next to the big guys so they could here each other, you can keep them in a cage around the big girls that is also a great help, and another option is to put them on the roost at night.

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Hi and welcome to BYC. These links may help you out a little. Basically, I'd say that the "look, don't touch method" is probably the generally accepted approach.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1015820/reintegration-by-supervised-visits#post_15742910

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/adding-to-your-flock

 

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

 

All the best

CT

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I set fire to the rain! Watch it pour as I, touched your face. Well it burn while I cried, because I heard it screaming out your name. And I threw us into flames. I knew that was the last time, the last time...I set fire to the rain! -Adele

 

Look at my flock page! http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/bantamfan4lifes-flock

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Welcome to Backyard chickens.  I wouldn't  introduce them at night.  You may find out they got picked on  when you let them out in the morning.  The Look but, don't touch method is the best way .

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