2 flocks or combine

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Jenismyname, Feb 11, 2013.

  1. Jenismyname

    Jenismyname In the Brooder

    Apr 1, 2012
    Urbana, IL
    Hello everyone!

    Currently I have a small flock of 4 pullets. They just turned 21 weeks today. 2/25 I will receive 4 more day olds. I get that I will have to have them seperated until they are big enough to defend themselves against my older birds. But should I just keep them seperated and have two small flocks, or slowly intergrate them with eachother when they are of age.

    Thank you!
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2013

  2. DavidKerk

    DavidKerk Songster

    Feb 9, 2013
    It doesn't really matter. It might be easier to have them together because then you only need to clean one coop, clean one waterer, and fill one feeder.
  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    I think the slow integration plan is the best - much less hassle, time, and energy.
  4. tick22

    tick22 Chirping

    Nov 5, 2012
    Vanceboro, NC
    I would wait and do it later when they have the closer size and don't peep anymore. 21 weeks and even 6 weeks equals trouble for the little guys. When closer to size try it then. please not one at a time. They have a better time as a group than to be one against the 4 older ones... learned the hard way....

  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    I'm lazy and only want to take care of one group of birds lol. I'd put them together when the littles are around four months old. That way you have the space you were keeping them in in case you need to isolate someone, or quarantine a new bird, get babies again, etc.

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