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Hello, My name is Savanna. Im new here to BYC and Im new to owning chickens and so far Im in love with the winged creatures. I got my first chicks a month ago. Theyre a month old as well. Today I got 2 new chicks. These chicks are 2 days old. I was wondering if anyone had any advice on introducing them. My month old chicks have been raised inside so far and ive coddled them to say the least. Theyre now my pet chickens and not just my egg laying chicks. Thank you.

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Hi Savanna and :welcome - glad that you have joined us.

 

You'll find lots of info in the Learning Centre 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center, and if you have a specific topic in mind, just type it in the search box - there's a wealth of information on past and present threads. 
 
I'll let other members comment on how to integrate the two sets of chicks.
 
 
You may wish to consider joining your state thread  as it will put you in touch with other BYC members in your area - http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/270925/find-your-states-thread
 
All the best
CT

Edited by CTKen - 5/20/16 at 4:57am
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Hello and welcome to BYC! :frow

 

Introductions need to be done slowly so that the little ones don't get hurt. You will need to keep the new chicks separated by a fence or hardware cloth, next to the older birds for several weeks. They can see each other, but can't touch or bite. This will allow them to semi get to know each other behind the wire. At 3 weeks or so, you can mix them together. There will always be jostling for position, but it shouldn't be too brutal. If blood sheds, remove the bullies. Always put out several food and water stations for the new birds because the older birds will want to guard these areas and try and starve out the younger ones. The older birds can't guard all the stations.

 

Good luck with your babies and welcome to our flock!

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Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul. ~Emily Dickinson~

 

You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.  ~John Bunyan~

 

Treating Sour Crop and Impacted Crop                                    Raising Quail

 

How to Treat Egg Binding in Hens 

 

Leg, Foot and Toe Issues in Poultry of All Ages

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Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

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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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Nice to meet you Savanna,    welcome to the Backyard chickens flock.

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