I have 7 (7 week old) bantams (3 silkies, 1 polish, 1 sultan, 1 black tailed japanese, and 1 frizzle). So far, the only one I KNOW is a rooster is the frizzle. They are currently still in their brooder in our house and I'm getting very anxious to move them out to the coop. Currently in the coop i have 3 D'Uccle roosters and 1 Cochin hen (all 3 months old). I know we have way too many roosters, so the plan is to rehome our 3 month old alpha rooster and the 7 week old frizzle rooster.
I've researched a bit on integrating chickens and everything I've found was integrating chicks with full grown adult hens. Our chickens that are out in the coop aren't even full grown yet. Also, many people are saying not to integrate until 16 weeks old. There is NO WAY I can keep these chicks in my house until 16 weeks. The problem is, I don't see how we can create a designated area inside the coop and run that the littles can live in safely and still be able to access the common things like food and water, the roosting bar, or the door to go outside. How do people that don't have giant coops do this!?!??
We tried the "getting to know each other through a fence" thing about 2 weeks ago but that only lasted 3 days because when Monday morning came, we couldn't be there to mess with taking them out in the morning and supervising all day. Since then, I haven't had the chance to take them outside again to be with the others it isn't really an option during the week and lately it'll be beautiful weather all week, then BAM rain all weekend. SO frustrating seeing as we live in San Diego where it NEVER rains lol. I told my husband, "THIS WEEKEND is going to be the weekend!" But of course... sun is out all week and now the forecast says rain Friday and Saturday -__- WHAT SHOULD I DOOO!?
Is it okay to just put them together and try it since the older ones aren't "adults" and sorta close in size?
I want to make sure the littles are going to be safe, but they've out grown their brooder situation and all the dust in our office (which is now the "chicken room") is driving me nuts!!!!!!!!
Any advice would help, thanks!
Here's some pictures just for fun and so you can have a better visual of my coop situation.
(pics are a couple weeks old so, the babies have gotten bigger)
Edited by shalynnbrothers - 5/5/16 at 4:31pm