Btuck

In the Brooder
Jul 12, 2020
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Is it too early to put my 10 week old chicks in with the full grown hens?
Should I wait the full 16 weeks because the the chics are on starter feed?
 

rosemarythyme

Crossing the Road
Jul 3, 2016
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The feed isn't an issue (solution: you put everyone on what the younger birds are eating), they're just at an awkward age to add to adults, too old for early integration, too young to stand up to the adults. Have they been in line of sight of the adults, i.e. living in a fenced off part of the run? That'd be the first step.
 

Btuck

In the Brooder
Jul 12, 2020
6
16
18
The feed isn't an issue (solution: you put everyone on what the younger birds are eating), they're just at an awkward age to add to adults, too old for early integration, too young to stand up to the adults. Have they been in line of sight of the adults, i.e. living in a fenced off part of the run? That'd be the first step.
Yes they have been living side by side for four weeks.
 

aart

Chicken Juggler!
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Nov 27, 2012
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Yes they have been living side by side for four weeks.
In separate coops and runs?
Dimensions and pics would help immensely here
Do you free range at all?

Here's some tips about....
Integration Basics:
It's all about territory and resources(space/food/water).
Existing birds will almost always attack new ones to defend their resources.
Understanding chicken behaviors is essential to integrating new birds into your flock.

Confine new birds within sight but physically segregated from older/existing birds for several weeks, so they can see and get used to each other but not physically interact.

In adjacent runs, spread scratch grains along the dividing mesh, best if mesh is just big enough for birds to stick their head thru, so they get used to eating together.

The more space, the better.
Birds will peck to establish dominance, the pecked bird needs space to get away. As long as there's no copious blood drawn and/or new bird is not trapped/pinned down and beaten unmercilessly, let them work it out. Every time you interfere or remove new birds, they'll have to start the pecking order thing all over again.

Multiple feed/water stations. Dominance issues are most often carried out over sustenance, more stations lessens the frequency of that issue.

Places for the new birds to hide 'out of line of sight'(but not a dead end trap) and/or up and away from any bully birds. Roosts, pallets or boards leaned up against walls or up on concrete blocks, old chairs tables, branches, logs, stumps out in the run can really help. Lots of diversion and places to 'hide' instead of bare wide open run.
Good ideas for hiding places:
https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/a-cluttered-run.1323792/
 

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