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post #11 of 18

at this point they are too old for the hens to mother them but young enough that they shouldnt fight with the older hens in the pecking order, they will most likely just stick with there little group and not bother any body.i would personaly let them out with the older girls acouple hours a day while your there for two or three days untill your sure your hens wont gang up and hurt/kill the young ones and i wouldnt let them out in the yard right away because they would need time to learn where there new coop is and that they are supposed to go in there at night. they should know by now to hide from hawks and such but if you do choose to let them free range right now be prepared to go looking for them at or before dusk because most likely they will all go hudle together under a bush or in a tree. good luck!! smile.png

Im sixteen years old, mamma of two horses (one off the track mare, one event mare), two pygmy goats, two dogs, (a rottie and a mutt), two cats, a bearded dragon, and 31 chickies, (silkies, australorps, easter eggers, andalusions, brown leghorns, polish,and mutts).

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Im sixteen years old, mamma of two horses (one off the track mare, one event mare), two pygmy goats, two dogs, (a rottie and a mutt), two cats, a bearded dragon, and 31 chickies, (silkies, australorps, easter eggers, andalusions, brown leghorns, polish,and mutts).

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post #12 of 18

What a timely post, and I loved the link to all the info.  We just put three 15 week old pullets in our special needs coop.  There are two other hens and a rooster in there already.  there is no way I can section off part of it for the babies.  We are going to get up very early tomorrow morning and be with them when they all come out. 

 

Nervous mom, for sure!

post #13 of 18

we've been slowing introducing ours, but they HATE my silkie!  BAH!  they[re not too bad with the chicks though/

 2 Cinnamon Queens, 3 Silkies, 1 dominiques, 2 black sex links, 2 EE's, 1 blue marans, and 1 RIR cross. 2 golden comets, 2 buff laced polish, 1 cuckoo marans, 2 mixed, 1 speckled sussex, and 2 khaki campbell ducks!
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 2 Cinnamon Queens, 3 Silkies, 1 dominiques, 2 black sex links, 2 EE's, 1 blue marans, and 1 RIR cross. 2 golden comets, 2 buff laced polish, 1 cuckoo marans, 2 mixed, 1 speckled sussex, and 2 khaki campbell ducks!
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post #14 of 18
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So we set them lose in the run (which is open on one end during the day so the older flock can free range.  They stuck together (all 4 of the chicks - we didn't end up getting the fifth) as a group and ran around the run staying away from the older hens and rooster.  Occasionally one of the older hens would come over and check them out and maybe peck one of them half heartedly before turning away.  The rooster pecked two of them, once each, to assert his dominance. 

 

The chicks were very nimble and moved out of the way of the older chicks - and they stuck together.

 

Tonight I placed them in a medium sized all wire dog crate (with a pad on the bottom and pine shavings for sleeping) - and placed it inside the coop so that they could sleep together with the flock - but seperate enough to be safe.

 

So far so good - thanks for all of the advice, and I will post as things progress

First flock of 14 one year old hens arrived Dec 24, 2011

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First flock of 14 one year old hens arrived Dec 24, 2011

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post #15 of 18

Thanks again for posting!  Our integration was successful. The little ones were very cute coming out this morning.  But for the most part, our roo was the only one to be slightly pushy.  The little silkies are pretty bold creatures!
 

post #16 of 18

Well, I might be out of the ordinary!  I have 3 RIRs and 3 NHRs - coming up on 9 weeks old.  I bought 3 each Americaunas, Barred Rocks and Buckeyes - they're just now coming up on 3 weeks old.  I introduced them to the older girls when they were 1 1/2 weeks old, and watched closely for several hours, then several days.  The older girls literally took the babies under their wings, keeping them warm at night and being protective when I entered the henhouse.  The babies are now inside the house for a minute - I lost 2 of the Buckeyes to a cold front and extremely heavy winds and rain - trying to figure out when to reintroduce them, but I was amazed - and pleaseantly surprised - that the RIRs and NHRs readily accepted the new birds!

 

But everything I read about introducing new birds says what the others have said - segregate for a while, get them used to each other, then integrate.  Not real sure I'd do it my way again, once I get the babies back in the henhouse.

 

Good luck!  Have a great day, and God bless!

The Ole Cowboy

Gittin' older, but not agin'!

 

Starting again - and enjoying it!  3 Rhode Island Red hens, 3 New Hampshire Red hens, 3 Barred Rock hens, 3 Ameracauna hens, 1 Buckeye hen - wait! Chicken math...while I was completing the brooder, 12 more Buckeye pullets and 2 Buckeye roos...a total of 27 birds!  Need a bigger coop...time to build the Buckeye Boudoir

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The Ole Cowboy

Gittin' older, but not agin'!

 

Starting again - and enjoying it!  3 Rhode Island Red hens, 3 New Hampshire Red hens, 3 Barred Rock hens, 3 Ameracauna hens, 1 Buckeye hen - wait! Chicken math...while I was completing the brooder, 12 more Buckeye pullets and 2 Buckeye roos...a total of 27 birds!  Need a bigger coop...time to build the Buckeye Boudoir

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post #17 of 18

can I put my 8 week old chicks in with my full grown rooster?

post #18 of 18

It's hard to say all depends on the birds, Maybe put them in same coop as him but keep them seprate with a gate or something untill they get used to each other, then let them out together in the yard and watch.

2 Ameraucana Rooster, 2 Rhode Island Red Hens
2 Barred Rocks Hens, 2 Partridge Rocks Hens.
2 Black Australorp.2 Black Sex-Links Hens.
8 Easter Egg Hens, 5 Ameraucanas .
1 Blue Cochin,2 SL Wyandottes,2 GL Wyandotte.
1 White Leghorn, 1 Speckled Sussex
2 Guinea Hens Royal Purples.
3 Peacocks India Blue,Black Shoulder,Silver Pied 1 Jade Spalding & BS Peahen
2 Royal Palm Turkeys
2 Rottweilers,1 Male...

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2 Ameraucana Rooster, 2 Rhode Island Red Hens
2 Barred Rocks Hens, 2 Partridge Rocks Hens.
2 Black Australorp.2 Black Sex-Links Hens.
8 Easter Egg Hens, 5 Ameraucanas .
1 Blue Cochin,2 SL Wyandottes,2 GL Wyandotte.
1 White Leghorn, 1 Speckled Sussex
2 Guinea Hens Royal Purples.
3 Peacocks India Blue,Black Shoulder,Silver Pied 1 Jade Spalding & BS Peahen
2 Royal Palm Turkeys
2 Rottweilers,1 Male...

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