Thank you for all of the wonderful information. I started out doing the "see but dont touch" method. It's still a work in progress though. I want to be sure they are ready to coexist together before I integrate them. But now I know I'm doing the right thing. Thanks again!
Great article. I should have read 'this', abouth the pecking order before I added chicks to my older chicks.
When I started with chickens I bought 5 chicks, 6 weeks old. After a month or so, 3 apeared to be male allthough he claimed they were all female. Agreed with the seller that I could trade them and I added younger chicks, also 6 weeks old. I didn't know this could cause problems.
The younger chicks were having a hard time. A second pen where the older chicks could not enter gave them peace. And in the end it worked out well. Although there was another cock. Which was not the intention.
I kept the rooster until the following spring. Untill a hen was breeding on fertilized eggs. The rooster had to leave the flock because of the noise.
Since then I always had new chicks with natural breeding. From fertilized eggs or by keeping a rooster till april and a hen gets broody. So nice to see a mother hen nursing their chicks. This never gave a problem with introduction.
Luckily I never had problems with giving away the young roosters for their beauty or to pretect flocks of sexed hens (hybrids).
Love the see don't touch way to introduce. Some of My smaller ones got loose and into the older chicks area. All the older chicks are dark colored right away the big ones weemed to peck the California Whites on top of the head the little ones tried to run away.Thankfully I caught it and got Them out.going to move Everyone into the meet and greet area this week.