Originally Posted by bobbi-j
Originally Posted by horseychic
Thank you so much Mrs. K for these ideas! I love the pallet ideas and putting some roosts in the run area as well. I can definitely give the little ones time to expire without the others. I wish I could let them all free range but we have way too many hawks and fisher cats. So as far as that first night they're together, you think the little ones should be inside the coop first (lock the big ones out of the coop part) and then when it gets really dark and late then just open the door and see if they just walk in? I've always read online people just stick the little ones in there when the others are sleeping but it just scares me.
I'm so appreciative of your help I really want them to all get along or at least tolerate to each other and not attack
Yeah, I've tried that once or twice - not with chicks, but new adults. I've learned that while chickens may not be the brightest of God's creatures, they're really not THAT stupid, either. They do notice when they wake up to someone new in their space. They usually don't like it. How big is your coop? (feet by feet)? From the pictures it doesn't look to be big enough to house 10 full sized chickens.
Ditto Dat^^^........I'm guessing coop is 4x8, run is 12 long(16 with under coop)? the wondering if you can split the coop in half inside?
What are the 10 week old chicks loving in now?
I use a temporary wire wall with small doors for chicks, getting the chicks out there as young as possible has made integration much easier. Little late for that but a wire wall might still help.
Also... it takes several weeks of 24/7 'see but no touch' before having physical contact....the younger the chicks the better.
Mrs.K has some good ideas about hiding places...it also enhances the environment for any confined birds.
Here's some notes I've taken on integration that I found to be very helpful.......
......take what applies or might help and ignore the rest.
See if any of them, or the links provided at the bottom, might offer some tips that will assist you in your situation:
Integration of new chickens into flock.
Consider medical quarantine:
BYC Medical Quarantine Article
BYC 'medical quarantine' search
It's about territory and resources(space/food/water). Existing birds will almost always attack new ones.
Understanding chicken behaviors is essential to integrating new birds into your flock.
Confine new birds within sight but physically segregated from older/existing birds for several weeks, so they can see and get used to each other but not physically interact. Integrating new birds of equal size works best.
The more space, the better. Birds will peck to establish dominance, the pecked bird needs space to get away. As long as there's no blood drawn and/or new bird is not trapped/pinned down, let them work it out. Every time you interfere or remove new birds, they'll have to start the pecking order thing all over again.
Multiple feed/water stations. Dominance issues are most often carried out over sustenance, more stations lessens the frequency of that issue.
Places for the new birds to hide out of line of sight and/or up and away from any bully birds.
In adjacent runs, spread scratch grains along the dividing mesh, best of mesh is just big enough for birds to stick their head thru, so they get used to eating together.
Another option, if possible, is to put all birds in a new coop and run, this takes the territoriality issues away.
For smaller chicks I used a large wire dog crate right in the coop for the smallers. I removed the crate door and put up a piece of wire fencing over the opening and bent up one corner just enough for the smallers to fit thru but the biggers could not. Feed and water inside the crate for the smallers. Make sure the smallers know how to get in and out of the crate opening before exposing them to the olders. this worked out great for me, by the time the crate was too small for the them to roost in there(about 3 weeks), they had pretty much integrated themselves to the olders. If you have too many smallers to fit in a crate you can partition off part of the coop with a wire wall and make the same openings for smallers escape.
Best example ever of chick respite and doors by azygous
Read up on integration..... BYC advanced search>titles only>integration
This is good place to start reading:
Edited by aart - 5/22/16 at 3:21am