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What age can you add chicks to the flock?

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We started our chicken adventure last summer and so far it has gone really well.  We have room in our coop for a few more and are getting ready for the new chicks.  At what age/size will we be able to mix the newbies in with the flock?  Will it matter if we get bantams this time?  We currently have 12 full size light brahma hens and 1 barred rock rooster.  We're also thinkin' about a few ducklings.  Let the adventure continue!!

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I generally wait until the chickens are about the same height as the chickens in the coop. That said, I do use a quarantine coop and pen as a mid-point between the main coop and the brooder.

Bantams can go either way. I've had great experiences mixing mine, a friend had a horrible time doing so.

Ducklings are a heck of a lot of fun, we have chickens, bantams and ducks here. Just remember, they shouldn't go in the coop with your chickens - too messy!

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post #3 of 8

i usually test add some in when they are feathered in fully to make sure no one is going to be mean. if not meanies arise i add them all in .

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post #4 of 8

When they're full grown. Then carefully integrate, watching out for severe bullying.

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Check out this thread.  In general, the less space you have, the longer you need to wait and the more dangerous it is. 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=472550

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http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-much-room-do-chickens-need

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Freedom is not the right to do what we want, but what we ought....Abraham Lincoln (Freedom carries responsibility)

The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right.....Judge Learned Hand  (The more sure your are that your way is the only right way, the more likely you are wrong.)

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-much-room-do-chickens-need

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Another member asked whether it was advisable to have one coop or several smaller ones for a large flock.  I personally have 2 larger ones (one is still in progress) and 2-3 smaller ones.  I do this so I won't need to integrate the younger and older flocks.  IMHO, after reading the difficulty that many members have had doing that very thing, it is easier to get new diggs than for chickens to make nice-nice with strangers.  Anyone else find this to be easier?

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Originally Posted by catdaddy66 

Another member asked whether it was advisable to have one coop or several smaller ones for a large flock.  I personally have 2 larger ones (one is still in progress) and 2-3 smaller ones.  I do this so I won't need to integrate the younger and older flocks.  IMHO, after reading the difficulty that many members have had doing that very thing, it is easier to get new diggs than for chickens to make nice-nice with strangers.  Anyone else find this to be easier?


When you are integrating, yes, but mine tend to all move in together as they mature.  Of course my main coop is much nicer than the temporary.  I also raise them for meat as well as eggs.  They become more buddy-buddy when the numbers drop and the pecking order gets rearranged. 

This is another one of those that I think we'll have different results because of differrent circumstances.

Freedom is not the right to do what we want, but what we ought....Abraham Lincoln (Freedom carries responsibility)

The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right.....Judge Learned Hand  (The more sure your are that your way is the only right way, the more likely you are wrong.)

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-much-room-do-chickens-need

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Freedom is not the right to do what we want, but what we ought....Abraham Lincoln (Freedom carries responsibility)

The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right.....Judge Learned Hand  (The more sure your are that your way is the only right way, the more likely you are wrong.)

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-much-room-do-chickens-need

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post #8 of 8

This is similar to what I did. I have my main coop that the older ones grew up in. Then I have a new one next to it that has a wire partition. That is where I put the younger ones so everyone can get used to each other. I did that for a couple of months. I would give supervised visitation for awhile. Just to make sure the young ones weren't needlessly bullied. Now, I have that coop open for whoever wants to sleep in it. Currently, those low on the totem pole sleep there. This system worked great for me. Especially now that all the roosters' hormones are on high tongue I definately prefer this over trying to integrate cold turkey. Bad stuff can happen then, and the hens are the ones that do it!

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Another member asked whether it was advisable to have one coop or several smaller ones for a large flock.  I personally have 2 larger ones (one is still in progress) and 2-3 smaller ones.  I do this so I won't need to integrate the younger and older flocks.  IMHO, after reading the difficulty that many members have had doing that very thing, it is easier to get new diggs than for chickens to make nice-nice with strangers.  Anyone else find this to be easier?

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Partridge Rocks, Barred Rock, RIR, Blk Sexlink, BCM, Egyptian Fayoumi, Cochin, Sultans, Blue Andalusian, EEs, OEGB, Sebrights, Golden & Silver Pheonix, White Yokohama, peking, fawn/white Runner, Harlequin, Cayuga, Khakis, Buff, Muscovies(chocolates & whites), 1 Sebbie, 1 Embden. Lots of chicks and ducklings. Limited amt. of hatching eggs/chicks(bold txt). Just ask to see what I have...

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