A few days ago I tried to introduce my new 2 baby chicks, 5 weeks old, to my 2 older chickens, 15 weeks old. Things didn't go exactly as I would have liked. The older chickens kept trying to peck the baby chicks. I sat in the chicken coop 1-3 hours for about 3 days now. Been guarding them. The baby chicks like to hide and scream for their lives. I gently push or use a rolled up paper to shoo the older chickens away and say no. Is this ok to do? Because the older chickens are not used to me touching them so they would actually go away....but only if I or the baby chicks are not near them. The first time I placed my baby chicks on a roosting bar next to the others, the older Delaware chicken next to it pecked the baby chickw. It was just to test it out. I was trying to slowly introduce them to the coop and older chickens. The baby chicks still stay in the house, maybe in two weeks I will move them out to the chicken coop fully. I don't know if I am doing this right. Everytime I bring the baby chicks out for a bit I would bring a snack for the other two hens so they are distracted. Any advice would be helpful??!!
Also, the other day I let the two hens out of the chicken coop to get access to the side yard...it was kind of hard getting them back in!!! Cus they would run away from me. Any advice on that???!!! And I want to keep them protected from predators so I don't want them put all the time. At the same time I gave my baby chicks the opportunity to roam around the chicken coop when the older chickens are out, the baby sucks were still scared though. The older chickens loved being outside of the coop the first time, just hard getting them back in.
A lil info on my chickens:
I have two baby Ameraucana chicks, 5 weeks old. I got them at 3 weeks. They are living inside my house right now in a box with a heat lamp. My friend told me that we can take them out to live in the chicken coop when they are 7 weeks old. They are so adorable and still trying to get use to me.
I have a chicken coop build for about 4 chickens. There are two older chickens living there now, 15 weeks old. 1 brown leghorn and 1 Delaware. I got them when they were 13 weeks so they are not fully used to me yet. I give them treats, like apples, and they eat from my hand but still won't let me hold them. All are hens, and none lay eggs yet.