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I brooded my chicks this year with a heating pad.  They were fully integrated by 4 weeks.  That being said, they had more space, and I let my flock free range until a pair of hawks discovered my buffet.  So, I've spent the last few weeks shuffling the youngsters in and out of a tractor depending on the hawk issue.  The youngsters are 2 months old now, and spending 24/7 with the older flock.  You'll just have to try it and see how it works.

Ephesians 2:10  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-lazy-gardener

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/yes-you-certainly-can-brood-chicks-outdoors

https://tikktok.wordpress.com/2014/04/13/fermented-feed-faq/

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Ephesians 2:10  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-lazy-gardener

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/yes-you-certainly-can-brood-chicks-outdoors

https://tikktok.wordpress.com/2014/04/13/fermented-feed-faq/

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post #142 of 147

hi there,

 

i have an age introduction question concerning chicks n young pullets.

i'm brooding some chicks now, n wanting to order some more in april, but wanted to see if there was a sort of 'sweet spot' regarding ages n best time to order the next brood. i understand the intro recommendations, but don't know if i'm inadvertently inviting juvenile shenanigans vs waiting till the flock is more mature??

 

would a 13 week age difference be ok? (about 3 months)

post #143 of 147
I have many different ages in my flock, and generally keep chicks separate until they are at least 8 weeks. It seems to work best when the flock can see but not interact directly with the chicks for a few weeks before I introduce them. Usually there are a few pecks or chasing incidents, but I find within less than a week they are all getting along. Usually some of the older hens will watch out for the chicks, and eventually it seems they find their own rooster (I have about 40 hens and 7 roosters). I'm amazed at how they sort themselves and maintain unique cliques within the flock. Best advice: let the chicks get some exposure to your flock without full access (like a fenced area within the yard). Good luck with the new chicks!
post #144 of 147

Hi, 

 

Just curious about this, so if I have hens that are about a year old, I could put 8 week old chicks in with them possibly?  I have a big chicken tractor that originally was for 8 chickens but I lost four of them.  I'm wanting to do some new chickens this spring and wasn't sure if I should just start with some that are older if I can find someone selling or start with some babies again soon.  

 

It would be great if I could have them all together, I think I saw someone put them in a dog crate or something inside the coop to help acclimate them to each other?  

post #145 of 147
we lost half our flock to a owl so we decided to get three new hens to replace them. We now have theee previous ladies and three new ladies. We got some 'what we hope' are around same age as ours. They are the same size as ours but even with the separated 'see but no touch' introduction it's been three weeks and the older ladies still harass our newer ladies to the point they are not aloud to eat, drink, leave the coops back corner without being packed relentlessly back into the corner every time we let them mingle.
Any ideas or suggestions?
post #146 of 147
Any advise on adding or allowing a brood gen and her clutch to stay in coop? Or move out completely? Move the nest?
Wondering about common practices.
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Originally Posted by LeeRoadPoultry View Post

Any advise on adding or allowing a brood gen and her clutch to stay in coop? Or move out completely? Move the nest?
Wondering about common practices.

Back when we did hatches with broodies we always kept them separated from the rest of flock by a chickenwire/netting barrier, their own sheltered mini coop within the coop with separate water and feed. Once the chicks were about 5 or 6 weeks old and toughened up a bit we removed the barrier but still monitored the scene a bit during feeding times to make sure everybody was able to eat, and made sure to provide enough diffrent feed troughs or dishes that were spread out a bit. By then they were also all used to seeing eachother thru the fence so bullying was minimized. This controlled gradual integration method worked for us. But take it with a grain of salt because lot depends on what your set up is like, how large a flock you have, how you feed, where the mother hen stands in the flock pecking order, whether you have any particularly territorial adult flock members, and whether you have a rooster who will help look out for the chicks too (as we did then).

If you visit the broody hen hatching thread on here on BYC you may get a lot more advice and ideas...
Edited by triplepurpose - 2/18/17 at 8:33pm
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