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post #1 of 6
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Hi all, I've been reading all about your experiences and am so thankful this forum is here!

 

I have 6 chicks in a brooder downstairs... and am adding 4 more on Tuesday. Both groups of chicks were born the same day. I'd like to add the newcomers in with the original 6.

 

My plan is to get a bigger brooder (I bought a large dog cage) and put all 10 in there at the same time. I thought it would break up the original chick's pecking order being in a new place and give the others a better chance to assimilate. 

 

Does my line of thought make sense?  Or do I have to divide up the larger cage and let them watch each other through wire?

 

Thanks for your help!!

post #2 of 6

I think that they should be fine just putting them all together.

 

I am no expert but if you have any other questions post 'em

 

Hopefully somebody knowledgable will join in and help you.

 

MW

post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 


I mean they have not been out in a flock...either group. So do the segregation rules still apply?

post #4 of 6

I always thought that the pecking order was started once they reach maturity.

 

That's why I thought that they should be fine just putting them in together.

 

However I may be wrong.

 

I say just put them in together sometime when you have time to watch them for an hour or two.

 

If they don't fight enough to hurt each other than I think they should be fine.

 

If they are hurting each other then just take the aggressive ones out and integrate them as you would with full grown hens.

 

That's what I would do

 

MW

post #5 of 6

Update me when you put them together.

 

Hope they all integrate fine.

 

MW

post #6 of 6
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I have decided to go with the huge dog kennel (larger!) and put all 10 in together. Those EE's play rough and I didn't want them to have the upper hand...so they'll all go somewhere new. Hope it works!

 

I do see some dominant EE's by the way. My flock outside better watch these guys!

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