I have three Buff Orpington chicks that are about 6 weeks old. I also have two adult Wyandottes, and I'm looking for advice on when to mix them.
The chicks are living in a small coop in the larger run area, so the older girls have had a good chance over the last couple of weeks to see and listen to the chicks. When the chicks first came outside both adult chickens tried to peck at them through the hardware cloth. That seems to have calmed down, but the chicks still get the hairy eyeball from time to time.
So..when would everyone suggest I mix them? I've heard two months, which seems to be coming up fast.
Actually, I'm also wondering when the chicks will read full size. I can't imagine that in two weeks they'll suddenly be big enough that a peck on the head from the larger chickens wouldn't be dangerous.
Thanks for all the help. For a first time chicken keeper, this forum is great!